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Solar ultraviolet radiation is not a major cause of primary cutaneous non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1483
  1. Robert Newton, Medical Research Council training fellowa
  1. a Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    Editor—Ultraviolet radiation is known to cause cutaneous malignancies such as squamous and basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. It has been hypothesised that ultraviolet radiation may also increase the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.1 As evidence exists that specific local factors are important in the aetiology of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas at certain extranodal sites—for example, Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with primary gastric lymphoma but not with lymphomas at other sites2—I investigated the relation between the incidence of primary cutaneous non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and …

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