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What causes basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma occurs when the DNA of basal cells is damaged, causing them to replicate uncontrollably. Cell damage resulting in skin cancer is caused by UV radiation, which can come from sunlight and solariums. Total lifetime exposure, but also the pattern and intensity of exposure to UV radiation, influence the development of skin cancer.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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