Our Tauranga team of leading Dermatologists and Melanographers have been detecting and diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers for over two decades. Mole checks and skin cancer checks are all we do, and we do them thoroughly.
The MoleMap Tauranga skin clinic combines leading technology and skin cancer expertise to diagnose melanoma and other skin cancers.
Why does skin cancer risk increase as we get older?
Firstly, skin damage from ultra-violet (UV) light builds up over time. Whether from the sun or even by tanning lamps, UV light can damage the DNA in your skin cells, which, over time, may trigger the cells to produce cancer cells instead of healthy ones.1
Secondly, your skin changes as you age. It gets older and thinner, which means it’s more easily damaged by environmental factors such as smoking and other pollutants, and especially by the effects of ultra-violet radiation (photo-aging).2
And thirdly, your body’s ability to find and destroy cancer cells decreases as you age. Your body produces fewer new skin cells, so the proportion of old skin cells is higher – and these cells behave differently. For example, young fibroblasts — principal active cell of connective tissue — help control the growth of other cells. Older fibroblasts don’t do this as effectively, and cells that grow in an unregulated way can sometimes result in cancer.3
This ‘triple whammy’ of reasons means that the older you get, the more at risk you are and the more precautions you need to take i.e. skin checks, mole checks and skin cancer checks are vital to detect the early stages of skin cancer.
References: 1,2,3. https://www.sharecare.com/health/skin-cancer-causes-risk-factors/skin-cancer-common-in-old-age