Skin Cancer, Other Cancers may be Linked
A new study has shown that the two forms of skin cancer that are less serious than melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, may be linked to other cancers.
The study looked at 92,835 post-menopausal women. It found that those who had had the skin cancers had an increased risk of developing other cancers, such as cancer of the brain, breasts, ovaries, uterus, lung and liver. The women who had not had skin cancer had an 11 percent rate of other cancers, but the women who had had skin cancer had a 25 percent rate of other cancers.
The study took into account other risk factors for cancer, such as smoking, weight and education level, but there still appeared to be an increased risk.
Basal and squamous cell skin cancers affect more than 1 million Americans each year.
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