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A 55-year-old female asked:

I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer ?

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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Depends: Not usually linked specifically, but if you have genetic abnormality that predisposes you to cancer, it could show up this way. Your age and family history are important. Brca testing may be appropriate. (www, myriad.Com).
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Probably not: No correlation between squamous cell cancer of the skin with breast cancer. Scc of the skin- including bowen's disease which is squamous carcinoma in situ of the skin- are related to uv exposures. Breast cancer with a focal scc- is suspicious for metaplastic carcinoma of the breast- a very rare type of breast cancer. There is a relation between metaplastic cancer with brca 1 mutation.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Unclear: There is no clear link that we know of today. However in the future we discover the link.

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