Skin cancer (non-melanoma)Causes

Most skin cancer is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light damaging the DNA in skin cells. The main source of UV light is sunlight.


Non-melanoma skin cancer is a group of common skin cancers that are usually easy to treat.


Symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer include a red lump or a flat, scaly patch on an area of skin often exposed to the sun.


The main cause of non-melanoma skin cancer is too much exposure to the sun.


Non-melanoma skin cancer can usually be treated with surgery to remove the affected area of skin.

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