What Causes Skin Cancer in Men?
There is no single skin cancer cause. Cancers or malignancies occur after a single cell within a bodily tissue is genetically damaged in ways that allow a cancerous stem cell to form. The stem cell is able to divide and multiply.
Let’s investigate this a little further and then look at How to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer.
A tumor may form. The disease can spread. Some cells acquire the ability to infiltrate surrounding tissues and form new tumors. Some are able to penetrate the walls of the lymphatic system, enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. All of this begins with a single damaged cell.
Things that can damage cellular DNA are sometimes referred to as carcinogens or cancer-causing agents. There are many known, probable and possible carcinogens. Thus, there are many causes of malignancies.
The ones mentioned below are by no means the only causes. They are the ones most likely to damage the skin’s health, but exposure to any carcinogen could be the underlying skin cancer cause. It would be difficult if not impossible to trace each case back to its cause. Exposure to carcinogens does not always cause a malignancy to form and the exposure could have occurred many years before the malignancy was diagnosed.
Tanning Beds & Sunburn Cause
Tanning beds and sunburn can cause DNA damage. The tanning beds and the sun emit UV radiation. UVA and UVB rays can damage cellular DNA. The underlying mechanism has to do with increased formation and activity of free radicals and reactive oxygen species. Sunscreen has been shown to have the same effect.
Certain sunscreen chemicals produce potentially harmful substances when they are in contact with living cells and exposed to UV rays. So while sunscreen may prevent sunburn, it is also a potential skin cancer cause. Scientists have seen an increase incidence of malignant melanoma among regular sunscreen users.
The World Health Organization does not recommend the use of tanning beds because of the adverse health effects, which include severe sunburn (especially if a person falls asleep in the bed or stays in too long), cataracts, arc eye, immune system suppression and premature aging of the skin, in addition to the bed’s potential for contributing to or causing malignancies.
In addition to sunscreen, tanning beds and sunburn, smoking tobacco products may be a skin cancer cause. Some studies show an increased risk of 200% among smokers.
Other causes may include:
**infection with the human papilloma virus or HPV,
**chronic non-healing burns and other wounds,
**arsenic poisoning and
*HPV is associated with malignancies of the cervix, anus, genitals, mouth and fingers. Non-healing wounds can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. *Genetic factors include the presence of moles within six months of birth and having particularly large moles.
*Arsenic salts are known category one carcinogens. People can be exposed to them through work, through contaminated water or through contaminated soil. It is a naturally occurring element.
*Nutritional deficiencies would need to be chronic and would likely involve a lack of antioxidants in the diet. So, tanning beds and sunburn are not the only things we have to worry about.
What Causes Skin Cancer in Men?