Skin Cancer (cont.)
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Skin Cancer Causes
Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, most commonly from sunlight, is overwhelmingly the most frequent cause of skin cancer.
Other important causes of skin cancer include the following:
The following people are at the greatest risk:
Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are more common in older people. Melanomas can occur at any age. It is most commonly diagnosed at between 50 and 75 years of age. But about 1/3 occur before the age of 50. For example, melanoma is the most common cancer in people 25-29 years of age.
Michael S Lehrer, MD
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