Skin cancer indicates potential risk of developing other cancers, according to a new study. It claims that people suffering from multiple incidences of a common type of skin cancer could develop a range of other cancers in the future.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. According to the estimates, 4.3 million cases of BCC are diagnosed each year in the United States.
The ultraviolet light found in sunlight and in the lights used in tanning beds damages DNA in skin cells which eventually lead to cancer.
Early diagnosis of skin cancer is important and easy compared to other forms. Now, a new study suggests that basal cell carcinoma might impact an individual’s future cancer risk. The study now appears in the journal JCI Insight.
Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine in California in a review studied that how the number of basal cells carcinoma occurrences predicts an individual’s future risk of developing other types of cancer.
Dr. Sarin and lead study author Hyunje Cho recruited 61 people who had been diagnosed at Stanford Health Care for frequent basal cell carcinomas. These participants experienced an average of 11 incidences throughout 10 years of the period.
“We found that about 20 percent of the people with frequent basal cell carcinomas have a mutation in one of the genes responsible for repairing DNA damage, versus about 3 percent of the general population. That’s shockingly high,” said Dr. Kavita Sarin.
She also added that people who had an average of 11 incidences over 10 years were about three times more likely to develop other cancers compared to the general population.
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