Why Women Under 50 Are More Likely to Get Skin Cancer

Sunburned,Skin,On,Shoulder,Of,A,Woman,Because,Of,Not A source of vitamin D, lower blood pressure, better moods, and improved sleep are just some of the benefits of being out in the sun. However, too much UV exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer, and those risks may be higher among women under 50.

Skin cancer occurs when exposure to UV rays causes cancerous skin cells. These mutated cells occur as UV rays penetrate beneath the epidermal layer—the top layer of your skin. Too much exposure damages your skin cells’ DNA, which in turn causes cancerous cells to form.

So, why is the risk higher among women under 50?

Tanning Beds

Tanning beds became increasingly popular in the mid to late 80s. The idea that you no longer had to wait until summer to get that beautiful tan was too much of an allure for most young women. Unfortunately, this increased UV exposure for the younger generation of women.


Recent research has shown a positive correlation between an increase in alcohol consumption and the increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Other studies have identified the use of tobacco as having a similar causation. Ultimately, younger women may be exposed to a higher risk of skin cancer simply because of their lifestyle choices.

Not Using Sun Protection

A sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher helps to reduce your skin cancer risk. Covering your arms, legs, face, head, and neck with clothing, hats, or sunglasses also helps to reduce risk. Unfortunately, younger women tend to ignore the long-term effects of sun exposure and the ability of UV rays to damage the skin’s fibers.

Bathing Suits

With every generation, women’s bathing suits just get skimpier and skimpier, only increasing UV exposure and skin cancer risk. The never-ending pursuit of attaining a nicely tanned body by wearing barely-there bikini sets certainly doesn’t help.

Reduce Your Risk of Developing Skin Cancer in San Antonio, TX

Dr. Linda J. Banta is a board-certified dermatologist supported by an experienced and dedicated team of professionals. Every day, our team works together to provide patients with the best possible care. If you have questions or want to book a consultation at Stone Oak Dermatology, call (210)-494-0504 or reach us through our contact form.

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