Having any type of cancer can put people more at risk for skin cancer, and a D.C. dermatologist believes Breast Cancer Awareness Month should include warnings for survivors to be especially vigilant.
“There have been several studies showing that an earlier diagnosis of breast cancer below the age of 50 can potentially increase the risk for melanoma — the most dangerous of all skin cancers — up to 40 to 50% compared to those without breast cancer,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, professor and chair of dermatology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Melanoma is usually curable if it’s caught and treated early. Once it has spread, it becomes more difficult to treat and can be deadly.
Less serious skin cancers are also more likely among people who have previously experienced any type of cancer.