Risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancer

Ir Med J. 1989 Dec;82(4):151-2.


A case control study of risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) was carried out on 396 patients and individually age and sex-matched controls. Cases were significantly more likely than controls to have had a rural domicile (P = 0.007), light eye colour (P = 0.004) a tendency to develop sunburn very easily (P less than 0.05) and a family history of NMSC (P less than 0.001). Other indices of exposure or sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) radiation did not differ significantly between the two groups. It is suggested that while the role of UV radiation in the aetiology of NMSC is not in doubt, other factors not yet identified must also be important, at least among the Irish population.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ireland / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Skin Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Skin Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*