Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Skin Cancer Linked to Higher Risk of Other Cancers

  

People who have had common skin cancers may be at an increased risk of getting cancer again in their life, according to a new study.

The study found that women with nonmelanoma skin cancers (such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma) were 26 percent more likely to later develop another form of cancer, compared with women who didn't have these skin cancers. In men, the risk increased by 15 percent, the study found.

The study included more than 150,000 people who were followed for more than 20 years, so the findings strongly add to the growing evidence of a link between skin cancer and later development of other cancers, said Anthony Alberg, a professor of epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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