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Besides UV light exposure, what causes skin cancer?

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Other important causes of skin cancer include the following:

  • Frequent use of tanning booths
  • Immunosuppression, or impairment of the immune system, which protects the body from germs or substances that cause an allergic reaction
  • Exposure to unusually high levels of radiation, such as from X-rays
  • Contact with certain chemicals, such as arsenic (exposure is more likely for miners, sheep shearers, and farmers) and hydrocarbons in tar, oils, and soot (which may cause squamous cell carcinoma)

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2019

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