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Does sun exposure increase my risk for Kaposi sarcoma?

Unlike other types of cancer that affect the skin, Kaposi sarcoma is not affected by sun exposure. The cancer is caused by the Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus (herpesvirus 8), which affects the cells that line blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. The tumors begin in these vessels and then spread to the skin, which is where it forms visible patches of purple or brown skin. Even though symptoms may be visible on the skin's surface, it doesn't mean that exposing your skin to the sun increases the risk for the disease.

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