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HealthWatch: Skin Cancer as a Warning

Mental HealthMEDFORD, Ore.  —  One out of every 5 people in the United States has non-lethal skin cancer.

It’s the most common cancer in the United States.

But a new study says it’s not just a problem:  it’s a forecast.

Researchers in the U. K. compared more than 500,000 people with  a history of non-melanoma skin cancer to nearly nine million cancer-free people.

After 6 years, those who had skin cancer saw a 36 percent increase in the odds of developing a second cancer somewhere else like the brain, bladder, lung, or colon.

Younger adults were 23 times more likely to develop another cancer and 94 times more likely to develop the more deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma.

Researchers say part of the risk is genetic.