Squamous cell carcinoma risk factors are any traits – either inherited or acquired – that increase a person’s likelihood of developing the condition. Some people develop squamous cell carcinoma without having any of these traits, while other people have one or more risk factors but never develop the condition. While it’s impossible to predict with any certainty who will (or will not) develop skin cancer, the oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center (located just a short drive away from St. Petersburg, Florida) can help individuals assess their own personal and medical histories. This can not only provide valuable peace of mind, but can also contribute to the development of an individualized screening plan.
Currently, the following risk factors have been positively correlated with the development of squamous cell carcinoma:
- Having a history of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure (via either the sun or indoor tanning beds)
- Having severe skin inflammation or traumatic skin injuries (such as large third-degree burns)
- Having light skin and/or freckles
- Having a history of high-dose exposure to arsenic, coal tar or paraffin
- Having had skin cancer in the past
- Being male
- Being older
- Having undergone one or more prior courses of radiation therapy or psoralens and ultraviolet light (PUVA) treatments
- Having xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), actinic keratosis, basal cell nevus syndrome (Gorlin syndrome), leukoplakia or Bowen’s disease
- Having a weakened immune system as a result of an organ transplant, PHV infection or other similar condition
At Moffitt, we not only provide comprehensive screening and treatment services to residents of St. Petersburg, but we are also continually working to learn more about how (and why) squamous cell carcinoma develops. Our research program is one of the most robust in the nation, and we have been named a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute for our efforts.
We welcome individuals from St. Petersburg, FL, and all other nearby areas to consult with our team regarding squamous cell carcinoma risk factors with or without physician referrals. Call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to request an appointment.