Carcinoma Risk Factors
- Age - squamous cell carcinoma affects mostly people aged
60 or over.
- Sex - men are more affected by squamous cell carcinoma
- Certain occupation – people who have a profession which obligates them
to work outdoors are at high risk of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma.
- Genetic - Some inherited conditions such as albinism and
xeroderma pigmentosum can be responsible for certain forms of squamous cell carcinoma.
radiation - X-rays to
the head or neck and certain treatments for psoriasis such as psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) can lead
to development of squamous cell carcinoma, even years after the therapies.
environment – certain
chemical toxins such as
arsenic - a toxic odorless and tasteless semi-metal element that can be found in air and groundwater –
increases your risk of squamous cell carcinoma.
- Immunosupressant drugs
immunosupressant drugs is a major
causative factor of squamous cell carcinoma. In fact, up to 80 percent of people who take
immunosupressant medications after an organ transplant develop squamous cell carcinoma.
Other risk factors include:
blonde or red hair;
blue or green eyes
history of indoor
diagnosed with actinic
family history of skin
regular contact with chemicals such as coal tar
chronic consumption of alcohol and nicotine
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cell Carcinoma Symptoms