Smoking can cause skin cancer in women

Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Flourida, investigated the relationship between cigarette smoking and non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC).

Smoking histories were ascompared between patients diagnosed with either BCC or SCC, or both, and a group of controls comprised of patients who were screened for skin cancers, but who were not diagnosed with no history of skin cancer.

The study’s 698 participants were recruited through Moffitt’s Lifetime Screening and Prevention Centre and the University of South Florida’s Dermatology and Family Medicine Clinics. 

The participants were asked about their smoking behaviours in terms of years smoked, how many cigarettes per day they smoked, and when those who once smoked quit smoking.

The results showed that cigarette smoking was associated with non-melanoma skin cancer overall, and that the risk increased with numbers of cigarettes per day, total years of smoking, and pack-years smoked.

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