Skin Cancer Linked To Development Of Other Cancers

August 27, 2008

Researchers from the Medical University in South Carolina have found that those who have managed to survive non-melanoma skin cancer, face an increased risk of developing other types of cancers......Washington (ChattahBox) – Researchers from the Medical University in South Carolina have found that those who have managed to survive non-melanoma skin cancer, face an increased risk of developing other types of cancers.

The study was led by Anthony Alberg, and looked at a total of 19,000 people.

Out of the 19,000, some had already suffered from skin cancer, while others did not. They were watched for more than 16-years to check on how their health progressed.

They found after the period passed that half of the people who had developed skin cancer, developed another form of cancer within five years.

Those who had skin cancer had a risk that was twice the normal risk of developing cancer.

The younger a patient developed skin cancer, the higher the risk was that they would develop another cancer later in life.

Most commonly, skin cancer patient swent on to develop breast, prostate, lung, and bowel cancers.

The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


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