Women’s risk for SCC and BCC varies by geography

March 16, 0008

National report - A new study suggests women's risk for squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma increases if she lives in an area with high UV radiation, HealthDay News reports.

National Report

- A new study shows American women living in areas of high UV radiation, such as in the South, are more at risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and moderately more at risk for developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC), HealthDay News reports.

The chance of developing melanoma was unaffected by amount of UV radiation in a given location, which leads investigators to believe melanoma could be more a disease of genetics couple with sun exposure.

The 18-year study, which is published in the March 10 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, based findings on collected data from 84,836 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, according to HealthDay News.

Results showed 420 women developed melanoma, 863 developed SCC and 8,215 developed BCC. Women living in areas with medium UV radiation had a 47 percent increased risk of developing SCC, and those living in high UV radiation areas had a 90 percent increased risk of developing SCC.