Basal cell carcinoma may be linked to haematological malignancy

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.298a (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:298
  1. J T Lear,
  2. B B Tan,
  3. A G Smith,
  4. A A Fryer,
  5. R C Strange,
  6. P W Jones
  1. Registrar in dermatology Senior registrar in dermatology Consultant dermatologist Clinical biochemist Professor of clinical biochemistry North Staffordshire NHS Trust, Stoke on Trent ST4 7PA
  2. Professor of mathematics Keele University, Keele ST5 5BG

    EDITOR,—Graham Bentham shows that the incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is positively associated with exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation,1 giving insights into the previous observation of a link between non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, malignant melanoma, and squamous cell skin cancer.2 He did not, however, assess any association with basal cell carcinoma, the commonest malignancy in white people.

    Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is recognised as a critical factor in the pathogenesis of basal cell carcinoma, …

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