Professor Peacock along with colleagues at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, US, published a study called:
Published in the international Journal of Cancer, the study stated the following:
- Even though keratinocyte cancers rarely metastasize and are generally curable, they increase the likelihood of subsequent cancer or death.
- To investigate, these authors followed up cancer survivors over a period of more than 10 years.
- Both types of keratinocyte cancer (basal and squamous cell carcinoma) led to an uptick in later cancer risk.
- Curiously, survivors of BCC had no increase in mortality rate, while those who survived SCC had a 25% increase in mortality.
- Increased mortality after SCC cannot be explained by the occurrence of intervening cancers, but may reflect a more general predisposition to life threatening illness that merits further investigation.
Int J Cancer. 2015 Jan 16. doi: 10.1002/ijc.29436.Survival after squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma of the skin: A retrospective cohort analysis.Rees JR1, Zens MS, Celaya MO, Riddle BL, Karagas MR, Peacock JL.