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7 Skin Cancer Risk Factors You Might Not Know About

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According to Cancer.net, medications such as vandetanib (Caprelsa), vemurafenib (Zelboraf), and voriconazole (Vfend), have been shown to increase the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma.

7) A History of Skin Cancer

According to Cancer.net, 35 to 50 percent of people diagnosed with one basal cell carcinoma will develop a new skin cancer within five years. A history of any form of skin cancer is a risk factor for skin cancer, so those who have had one skin cancer in the past need ongoing follow-up care to watch out for additional skin cancers.

Know your risks, be on the lookout, and protect your skin from the sun year-round!

Sources:

Ask the Expert: Are Self-Tanners Safe? Skincancer.org. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/ask-the-experts/self-tanners

Indoor Tanning is Not Safe. Cdc.gov.Retrieved July 22, 2015.
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm

Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma): Risk Factors and Prevention. Cancer.net. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/skin-cancer-non-melanoma/risk-factors-and-prevention

Protecting Your Skin From The Sun. Cancer.net. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/protecting-your-skin-sun

Reviewed July 23, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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