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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how could ultraviolet radiation cause skin cancer?

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Dr. R Condon Hughes
Dermatopathology 41 years experience
DNA mutations: Repeated uv light exposure causes breaks in your skin cells dna. Over time, these changes can cause some of the genes in your skin cell dna to change (mutate), which could eventually result in enough of a change to cause cancer.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
also inhibition of T cell surveilance of malignant cells.
Feb 17, 2014

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how common skin cancer is?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Most common cancer: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. And basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer. Squamous cell is 2nd most common. More than 3.5 million cases are diagnoses each year. 1 in 5 americans develop a skin cancer over their lifetime. Melanoma is the most dangerous. One person dies of melanoma every hour. It is the 5th most common cancer in men and the 6th in women.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are other symptoms of skin cancer?

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Skin cancer : In addition to changing or non healing areas , a skin cancer may become itchy , painful or bleed.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of skin cancer nowadays?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Sun, tanning booths: Genetics, family history and skin type.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of skin cancer and what are the effects?

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Skin cancer : Skin cancer is caused frequently by intense and cumulative ultraviolet radiation exposure and genetics . If detected early, most skin cancers are highly curable. Some skin cancers such as melanoma have the potential to spread to other organs (metastasize) and become lethal.

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