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Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Causes

Causes of Squamous Cell Cancer

Light-skinned individuals with excessive sun exposure are at the greatest risk of getting SCC.

Other predisposing factors are:

  • Excessive exposure to radiation or X rays.
  • Exposure to arsenic (chemical found in some water wells).
  • Excessive exposure to tars, soot, and some industrial oils.
  • SCC is more likely to develop in chronic ulcers and in burn scars and other scar tissue. Scar SCC usually develops years after the original injury.
  • Individuals who are chronically immuno-suppressed, by medication or disease, are predisposed to the development of skin cancer as well.

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