Researchers observe an increased risk of cancer in people with history of non-melanoma skin cancer
- Posted: April 24, 2013
A prospective study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (a component of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) observed an association between risk of second primary cancer and history of non-melanoma skin cancer in white men and women. The researchers found that people with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer had a modestly increased risk of getting cancer in the future, specifically breast and lung cancer in women and melanoma in both men and women. Non-melanoma skin cancer, which includes basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
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