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Keratinocyte Carcinomas (Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Skin)

MARGARET R. KARAGAS, MARTIN A. WEINSTOCK and HEATHER H. NELSON

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0064
Keratinocyte Carcinomas (Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Skin)

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Cancers arising from keratinocytes or their precursors, which include basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell skin carcinoma (SCC) of the skin, are the mostly frequently diagnosed malignancies in fair-skinned populations. These malignancies are commonly referred to as nonmelanoma skin cancers or simply skin cancers. This chapter reviews the epidemiology of keratinocyte carcinomas. Topics covered include demographic patterns, environmental factors, molecular genetic characteristics of tumors, and preventive measures.

Keywords: skin cancer; cancer risk; cancer epidemiology; cancer prevention; basal cell carcinoma; cell skin carcinoma

Chapter.  22970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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