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Causes of Skin Cancer

Exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sun is the most common cause of skin cancer. Other important causes of skin cancer include the following:

  • Use of Ultraviolet(UV) Lamps for skin tanning
  • Weak body immune system which helps protects the body from germs or foreign substances.
  • High levels exposure of x-rays
  • Contamination of certain chemicals like Arsenic, hydrocarbons in tar, oils, and soot.
  • The following are the certain characteristics of people which prone to skin cancer:

  • Those with fair or light colored skin, especially types that freckle, sunburn easily, or become painful in the sun.
  • Those with certain genetic disorders that deplete skin pigment.
  • Those who have history of skin cancer.
  • Those with unusual moles or large moles from their childhood.
  • Those with close family members have history of skin cancer.
  • Those who had history of severe sunburn early in life.
  • Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are common in all age groups. Melanomas are more common in younger people of 25-30 years.

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