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What causes skin cancer?

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Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, usually from sunlight, is the most common cause of skin cancer. Other causes include:

  • Use of tanning booths
  • A weak immune system, which protects you from germs or things that cause an allergic reaction
  • Being around very high levels of radiation
  • Contact with certain chemicals, like arsenic and hydrocarbons in tar, oils, and soot  

From: Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

Skin Cancer from eMedicineHealth

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

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