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Does sun exposure increase my risk for squamous cell carcinoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Sun exposure is one of the most significant risk factors for squamous cell carcinoma. Sun exposure, especially over a lifetime, greatly increases the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation your skin gets. It's thought that those UV rays damage DNA and cause squamous cell carcinoma. Because of this risk, it's a good idea to avoid excessive sun exposure and to protect your skin with sunscreen and protective clothing.

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