Researchers from the Cali Skin Institute (CSI) at the University of California, Berkeley have found that people with skin cancer are at a greater risk for developing CFAs, a skin cancer that can develop after a CFA exposure.
In the study, published in the journal The Lancet, researchers analyzed data from the California Department of Public Health and found that those with CFAS were at higher risk for skin cancer.
CFAs are known to cause the most skin cancers in the United States, accounting for over 50,000 new cases annually, according to the CDC.
In addition to CFAs and melanoma, people with melanoma are more likely to have other skin cancers, including pancreatic, lung, and bladder cancers.
“In the first study, we have shown that skin cancer is a major risk factor for melanoma,” said lead author Ramiro Martinez, Ph.
D., an associate professor of dermatology at the CSI.
“People with CFA skin cancer should be aware that their risk is higher than people without it, because they have higher melanoma risk and a greater proportion of CFAs in their blood.”
According to Martinez, the new research was based on a case-control study that analyzed the health histories of over 11,000 people, and found the increased risk of melanoma for people who had CFAs was significantly greater than for those who did not.
The new findings are important because CFAs have been associated with melanomas in other skin types, such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and squamous-cell lymphoma (SCL).
“This study adds to a growing body of research on the potential risk of skin cancer for people in CFAs,” said senior author Todaro Castillo, Ph., an assistant professor of radiology at the Calipinio Institute for Cancer Research at UC Berkeley.
“It’s important to look at the skin as a whole and not just the areas around the skin, because these areas can also harbor cancerous cells, which can be a risk factor.”
People with CFAds can develop melanoma when they get CFAs from sun exposure.
“We found that skin cancers were significantly higher in people with the highest exposure to CFA, even after controlling for other risk factors, such use of sunscreens, BMI, and other skin characteristics,” Martinez said.
“This indicates that skin-associated skin cancers are not exclusively due to skin exposure to UV rays, but rather that they also reflect some of the more common skin cancer risk factors.”
The researchers noted that the higher risk of developing CFAd skin cancer was not due to CFAS being more toxic or causing more skin cancers.
However, because skin cancer may be more likely in people who are exposed to CFIs, the researchers suggest CFAs should not be considered safe for all people with their skin.
“The findings provide additional evidence that skin exposure is a risk for melanomas,” said Martinez.
“If you do not want to develop skin cancer, you need to avoid skin exposure.
This is especially important for people at higher socioeconomic levels, since CFAs also affect people at lower socioeconomic levels.
We recommend that you stay away from CFAs for everyone, even those with skin cancers.”
This research was supported by the Calcifornia Skin Institute, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.