By Amy Norton
Patients who’d developed at least six BCCs over 10 years showed higher-than-average risks of breast, colon, prostate and blood cancers.
“This study shows that when people have frequent basal cell carcinomas, they also have an increased risk of internal cancers — which hasn’t been seen before,” said lead researcher Dr. Kavita Sarin.
Basal cell carcinoma, which is caused mainly by ultraviolet (UV) exposure, is highly curable. And the vast majority of people do not develop it at the frequency linked to internal cancers, according to Sarin, an assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University.
She said her team’s findings suggest that when people do have such frequent recurrences, it may signal an underlying susceptibility to cancer more generally.