Smoking in women associated with skin cancer: Study

July 02, 2017

Men who had basal cell skin cancer were significantly more likely to have smoked for at least 20 years than men with no cancer, the study authors noted. Despite the elevated smoking-related risk among women, men overall are more likely to get skin cancer, Rollison noted. She said that ???it is possible men's skin is more sensitive to sun exposure than women's.???

Additionally men may be less inclined to use sunscreen or other protection when outdoors. ???Although it could just be a genetic difference (between men and women), men tend to have more unprotected sun exposure in their lives,??? said Dr. Jeffrey Dover, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University Medical School. Dover said the study findings weren't surprising because ???we know cigarette smoke contains carcinogens??? and smokers are ???blowing the smoke and ash around their faces all day.???

The study is important, he added, because ???although we have done well, we can do even better??? at eliminating smoking as a cause of disease. ???This adds more fuel to the idea that smoking has no place in our society.???

Study authors note while they found a link between smoking and skin cancer, they did not prove smoking causes skin cancer.

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