Geographical variation in residence and risk of multiple nonmelanoma skin cancers in US women and men

Erin X. Wei-Passanese, Jiali Han, Wen Lin, Tricia Li, Francine Laden, Abrar A. Qureshi

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Residence in high ultraviolet (UV) locations is associated with increased risk for incident nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC). However, the effect of geographic location on multiple NMSC development has not been well studied. We evaluated the association between state of residence at birth, age 15 and 30 and risk of multiple NMSCs among 80 275 women and men. After adjusting for age, gender, hair color, number of sunburns, tanning ability, family history of melanoma and nevus count, the cumulative relative risks (RRs) of developing ≥1 NMSC for those consistently residing in medium- and high-UV index states were 1.20 (95% CI 1.14-1.27) and 1.42 (95% CI 1.32-1.53) respectively. We found that compared to individuals with one lifetime NMSC, the multivariate cumulative RRs of developing ≥2 NMSCs for those who stayed in medium- and high-UV index states at all three timepoints were 1.09 (95% CI 1.00-1.19) and 1.15 (95% CI 1.02-1.30) respectively. These results cannot account for migration during the interval period and seasonal changes in residence; further, as BCC is the predominant NMSC, the results may be BCC-driven. In conclusion, we found that consistent residence in medium- or high-UVR locations was significantly associated an incremental risk of ≥2 NMSCs later in life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-489
Number of pages7
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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