Skin cancer sufferers 'more vulnerable to new cancer'

People who have been treated for skin cancer are 57 per cent more likely to develop a new primary cancer, UK research suggests.

The researchers, from Queen‘s University Belfast, analysed data from 20,823 people who had been treated for non-melanoma skin cancer and 1,837 people with melanoma skin cancer.

They then compared this data with people with no history of skin cancer.

Overall, they found that people who had been diagnosed with skin cancer were almost two-fold more likely to develop melanoma and had an increased risk of smoking-related cancers.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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