Causes of Skin Cancer


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Cause details for Skin Cancer: UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. In addition, artificial sources of UV radiation — such as sunlamps and tanning booths — can cause skin cancer. People who live in areas of the U.S. that get high levels of UV radiation from the sun are more likely to get skin cancer. For example, skin cancer is more common in Texas and Florida than in Minnesota, where the sun is not as strong.1

UV radiation from the sun causes premature aging of the skin and skin damage that can lead to skin cancer. (Two types of ultraviolet radiation -- UVA and UVB -- are explained in the Dictionary.) Artificial sources of UV radiation, such as sunlamps and tanning booths, also can cause skin damage and probably an increased risk of skin cancer.2

Skin Cancer as a complication: Other conditions that might have Skin Cancer as a complication might be potential underlying causes of Skin Cancer. The list of conditions listing Skin Cancer as a complication in our database includes:

Causes of Skin Cancer: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Skin Cancer:

Related information for causes of Skin Cancer: Further relevant information on causes of Skin Cancer may be found in the risk factors for Skin Cancer and underlying causes of Skin Cancer.

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Skin Care and Aging - Age Page - Health Information: NIA
2. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer - An Overview: NCI

Last revision: June 16, 2003

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