Has skin cancer increased because of climate change?

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    Skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. The amount of UV light that finds it way through the atmosphere, and hits your skin, depends on the levels of ozone in the atmosphere. So, an increase in the rate of skin cancer among humans depends on a decrease in ozone levels in the stratosphere, a layer of the atmosphere.

    Greenhouse effect induced global warming occurs in the troposphere, a different layer of the atmosphere, and is most likely unrelated to the depletion of ozone. But, there is some evidence that shows there are small interactions between ozone depletion and global warming. Right now though, it appears that climate change is not causing an increase in skin cancer.

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    Yes, there is evidence that it has increased. Because of ozone depletion, exposure to ultraviolet radiation has increased. As a result, more people are getting severe sun burns and skin cancer. It is predicted that skin cancer will continue to increase in conjunction with the increase of temperatures.

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