Causes of Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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This list of causes is by no means comprehensive. If you think you might have a basal cell

carcinoma or a squamous cell carcinoma, speak with your doctor right away.

 

Repeated or Over-Exposure to Ultraviolet Light

 

Exposure to the sun’s rays (or from tanning beds) is considered to be the largest contributing

risk factor for most skin cancers. Ultraviolet (UV) rays do not make up a significant portion of all

the sun’s rays, but the damage they cause to the DNA of skin cells leads to the development of

skin cancer.

 

Light Skin Tones

 

Caucasians have a much greater risk of developing skin cancer than African Americans and

Hispanics. The skin pigment melanin protects those with darker skin. Caucasians with especially

light skin that freckles and burns easily are at the highest risk.

 

Age and Gender

 

As humans age, the risk of getting a basal or squamous cell skin cancer rises, likely due to the

buildup of exposure to the sun over the years. Men are also more likely than women to develop

these types of skin cancer. Recently, younger and younger people are contracting these skin

cancers; doctors attribute this to the fact that in general, younger people spend more time in

the sun than the youths of the past.

 

Previous Instances of Skin Cancer

 

Those who have previously had a basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma are at a much higher

risk for developing more skin cancers.

 

Treatment for Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

 

If you are seeking treatment for basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, consider the SRT-100™

as an alternative to Mohs surgery. The SRT-100™ delivers precise bursts of radiation to the

affected area. The treatment is quick, painless, and there is no downtime afterwards.

Interested in learning more about the SRT-100™? Contact Sensus Healthcare today or ask your

doctor if the SRT-100™ is the right treatment for you.

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