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From http://www.aad.org/education/actinicker.htm

Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) generally refers to the two most common cancers in the world: cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC). In 1998, there were an estimated 900,000-1,200,000 cases of NMSC (of which 75-80% were BCCs) in the United States, virtually equal to the 1,228,600 cases of all other cancer diagnoses combined! The primary risk factors for NMSC include skin phenotype, which determines one's ability to tan, and age, which is a proxy for total ultraviolet exposure. SCC incidence correlates best with total, lifetime ultraviolet radiation exposure, while BCC occurrence corresponds better with intermittent sunlight exposure and severe sunburns.



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