Survived Skin Cancer? You Could Be at Risk of Other Cancers
The most common and least dangerous types of skin cancer is nonmelanoma cancer. It usually does not spread to other parts of the body and is easily treatable with early detection. However, those diagnosed with this disease, particularly younger people, should talk to their doctor about additional cancer screenings.
A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that the risk of developing other types of cancer increased for those who had nonmelanoma skin cancer. But it was especially significant for young people.
The study compared a group of close to 8.7 million people who never had skin cancer to more than 500,000 with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer. In general, survivors were 1.36 times more likely to develop other types of cancer in comparison to those who never had it.
The age group with the lowest risk were people over the age of 60 (1.32 times increased risk). It was 1.74 times higher for people between the ages of 45 and 59. And for those ages 25 to 44, it was 3.5 times higher. However, the risk jumped to 23 times higher for people younger than 25 years old.
This increased risk involved 30 types of cancer, including that of the bladder, brain, breast, colon, liver, lung, pancreas, prostate, and stomach. The risk of any cancer, other than skin cancer, was 14 times higher for those with nonmelanoma before the age of 25. It was 26 times higher for blood cancer and 53 times higher for bone cancer among this group.
When cancer strikes at any age, it can be devastating. Those who are still in their working years could find they are suddenly disabled and unable to work. Those with nonmelanoma skin cancer (sarcoma or carcinoma) with metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes may qualify for Social Security disability. To learn more about your rights, contact Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332.