-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- People with red hair are at
higher risk for a recurrence of basal cell carcinoma, the most
common form of skin cancer, researchers report.
Other people at increased risk include those who were diagnosed
with the cancer at a younger age, more-affluent people, and people
with a cancerous lesion on their upper extremities, according to
the new study.
Researchers in the Netherlands analyzed data from almost 11,000
Dutch adults aged 55 and older. They found that 524 (4.8 percent)
had basal cell carcinomas. Of those patients, 361 had single
lesions and 163 had multiple lesions.
People who developed their first lesion after age 75 were much
less likely to develop multiple lesions than those who did so
earlier in life, the study authors reported in the August issue of
Archives of Dermatology.
However, people with red hair and those with a first lesion
located on their upper extremities had a much higher risk of
developing multiple lesions, the researchers found.
Furthermore, "in contrast to developing a first lesion, high
educational level was significantly positively associated with
developing multiple lesions," wrote Dr. Ville Kiiski and colleagues
at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. "This finding may be
explained by the probability that people with higher levels of
education (which correlates strongly with socioeconomic status)
have different lifestyles (e.g., more frequent exposure to UV rays
for intermittent periods)."
The increased risk among people with higher socioeconomic status
may also be because these people were more likely to develop cancer
in places other than the face and neck, or due to the fact that
they tend to live longer and have more time to develop lesions, the
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