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What causes squamous cell carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma is caused by damage to the DNA of squamous cells that causes them to replicate uncontrollably. For squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, the cellular damage is caused by UV radiation, which can come from sunlight, but also solarium tanning beds. Lifetime exposure, the pattern of exposure, as well as the intensity of UV radiation are all contributing factors to 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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Category: Melanoma

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