What are the risk factors for developing basal cell carcinoma?

It is unknown what causes basal cell skin cancer, or basal cell carcinoma.  A number of risk factors have been identified. The most significant is long-term (chronic) exposure to sunlight and other types of radiation. Less common risk factors for basal cell skin cancer include certain gene mutations or genetic diseases and exposure to arsenic.

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