Quitting smoking reduces skin cancer risk

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 17 May, 2017

Barnaby-Joyce-web.jpgAustralian research has found that smokers have more than double the risk of squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), one of the more serious types of skin cancers. The good news though is that after quitting, the risk falls to that of the non-smoker.

SCCs most commonly occur on sun exposed areas such as the face and backs of the hands and often require disfiguring surgery.

No one knows this more than our smoking Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce who has had numerous surgical procedures on his face to remove SCCs after many years of country living. Mr Joyce is now seen regularly in a hat.

However, he is also well known to enjoy a ‘bunger’ and could significantly further reduce his skin cancer risk by quitting smoking. It would be great to see such leadership from the Deputy PM which could have an important public health effect by encouraging others to follow.


Dusingize JC. Cigarette smoking and the risks of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. J Invest Dermatol 2017

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