Skin Cancer and Skin Cancer Risk Factors in Sexual and Gender Minorities

Dustin H. Marks, Sarah Tuttleton Arron, Matthew Mansh

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Sexual and gender minorities have unique risk factors that may increase their risk of developing skin cancer. In particular, sexual minority men report a higher prevalence of skin cancer (including both keratinocytes carcinomas and melanoma), higher rates of indoor tanning, and overall poorer sun protection behaviors. Sexual and gender minorities also have high rates of alcohol and tobacco use, and infection with human immunodeficiency virus and human papillomavirus, which may increase overall risk of developing skin cancer in these populations. In this review, we discuss the evidence surrounding skin cancer and associated risk factors among sexual and gender minorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2020

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  • Alcohol use
  • Gender minority
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Indoor tanning
  • Sexual minority
  • Skin cancer
  • Tobacco use


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