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Childhood Cancer Survivors at Increased Risk for Skin Cancers

Caroline Seymour
Published: Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019

Jop C. Teepen, PhD

Jop C. Teepen, PhD

Childhood cancer survivors who had lived 5 or more years from their primary malignancy are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer compared with the general population, according to results from the DCOG-LATER cohort study.1,2

Nonetheless, Ness recommended that childhood cancer survivors wear sunscreen and limit sun exposure. “Check your skin, particularly in areas that received radiation,” stressed Ness as a proactive precaution.


  1. Childhood cancer survivors at high risk for skin malignancies. Reuters. Published March 8, 2019. Accessed March 12, 2019.
  2. Teepen JC, Kok JL, Kremer LC, et al. Long-term risk of skin cancer among childhood cancer survivors: a DCOG-LATER cohort study [published online February 25, 2019]. J Natl Cancer Inst. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djy212.

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