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Any relation between chronic skin inflammatory conditions & skin cancer ?
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Can increase risk
Chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as those from autoimmune conditions tend to increase the risk of non melanoma skin cancers.
Particularly squamous cell carcinoma. This risk is usually due to changes in the immune system together with immunosuppression from drugs being used to treat the disease. Also patients who have had lots of phototherapy are at an increased risk.

In brief: Can increase risk
Chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as those from autoimmune conditions tend to increase the risk of non melanoma skin cancers.
Particularly squamous cell carcinoma. This risk is usually due to changes in the immune system together with immunosuppression from drugs being used to treat the disease. Also patients who have had lots of phototherapy are at an increased risk.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Yes
Yes there is.
It is important that you see your friendly dermatologist for routine complete skin examinations.

In brief: Yes
Yes there is.
It is important that you see your friendly dermatologist for routine complete skin examinations.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Depends
Depends on which chronic skin inflammatory condition and which skin cancer.
For instance squamous cell carcinomas can occur on the skin (and in the lung) at sites of chronic injury. Also depends on your definition of a chronic skin inflammatory condition, since doesn't that in some way include repetitive sunburns or tanning salon use?

In brief: Depends
Depends on which chronic skin inflammatory condition and which skin cancer.
For instance squamous cell carcinomas can occur on the skin (and in the lung) at sites of chronic injury. Also depends on your definition of a chronic skin inflammatory condition, since doesn't that in some way include repetitive sunburns or tanning salon use?
Dr. Eric Whitman
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