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  “Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting humans and is one of the most preventable types of cancer through education and public awareness.” — James Goydos, M.D., F.A.C.S. With this statistic in mind, being mindful of healthy skincare practices one can incorporate to help reduce their risk of developing skin cancer is essential. There are many factors which can influence one's predisposition to developing any ailments, and cancer is no exception. While genetics can play an important role in pathogenesis, genes are rarely deterministic. Barring monogenic disorders which are caused by a variant in a single gene (rather than a combination of genetic factors), such as cystic fibrosis, Fragile X Syndrome, or sickle cell anemia, health outcomes are a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Put simply, most health outcomes are more simple than genetics alone. There are lifestyle and environmental factors which can help mitigate one's risks.  For example

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