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Smoking Increases Your Risk Of Skin Cancer

Another reason to quit

Smoking Increases Your Risk Of Skin Cancer

This might be another incentive to butt out, with new Aussie research finding smokers are significantly more likely to develop skin cancer.

Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute spent three years monitoring the development of skin cancers in almost 19,000 Queenslanders and found those who currently smoked were more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

"We found that current smokers were at significantly higher risk of SCC than former smokers or people who had never smoked," Professor David Whiteman said.

They do however need to carry out more research to understand the link, "We don't yet understand how smoking might increase the risk of SCC," Professor Whiteman said.

But, here's the good news, your risk of developing the cancer drops off as you quit smoking.

If you're trying to kick the habit you can call the Quitline on 137848 you can find some info here.