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What increases my risk for squamous cell carcinoma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The most significant risk factor for squamous cell carcinoma seems to be excessive sun exposure, especially exposure to a lot of ultraviolet (UV) rays over an entire lifetime. Another risk factor is having fair skin, because it  doesn't have a lot of pigment to protect from the sun. Other medical conditions such as certain genetic disorders, chronic skin inflammation, or a weakened immune system may increase your risk for squamous cell carcinoma. Age and gender may also come into play because males and older people are much more commonly affected by the disease. Other risk factors may include smoking and a personal or family history of skin cancer.

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