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Caught in time, skin cancer can usually be easily eliminated. But researchers find that if you’ve had skin cancer, even after it’s gone, the condition can make you more vulnerable to other health dangers.
The problem is that after you’ve had skin cancer, your susceptibility to other cancers, including brain cancer and bone cancer, increases dramatically.
Scientists at the University of Melbourne, Australia, have concluded that “The risk for developing any cancer subsequent to NMSC (non-melanoma skin cancer) decreases significantly with increasing age: 23 times higher risk for those under 25 years of age; 3.52 for those 25-44 years of age; 1.74 for those 45- 59 years of age; and 1.32 for those older than 60 years.”
As you get older, after you’ve had a skin cancer cut out, your increased risk for other cancers gradually diminishes but still remains higher than for other people.
“Our study shows that NMSC susceptibility is an important indicator of susceptibility to malignant tumors and that the risk is especially high among people who develop NMSC at a young age,” says researcher Rodney Sinclair.
The study shows that people who had NMSC under 25 years of age were 53 times more likely to get bone cancer, 26 times more likely to get blood cancers, 20 times more likely to get brain cancer and 14 times more likely to get any cancer excluding those of the skin.