Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Cancer Underlying Cause

The cause of skin cancer is unknown, but exposure to the sun and genetics may play a role in why people develop skin cancer.

Genes control the functions inside a cell. Special genes control how cells divide and grow. Cancer occurs when the damaged genes stimulate the cell to multiply out of control. The exact cause for this damage is unknown.

Examples:

  • DNA
  • Genes on chromosomes
  • Cancer cells
  • Cancer cell division

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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