Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 389–403

Obesity as a risk factor for malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer

  • K. Karimi
  • T. H. Lindgren
  • C. A. Koch
  • Robert T. Brodell

DOI: 10.1007/s11154-016-9393-9

Cite this article as:
Karimi, K., Lindgren, T.H., Koch, C.A. et al. Rev Endocr Metab Disord (2016) 17: 389. doi:10.1007/s11154-016-9393-9


The dramatic increases in incidence of both obesity and many cancers including skin cancer emphasize the need to better understand the pathophysiology of both conditions and their connections. Melanoma is considered the fastest growing cancer and rates of non-melanoma skin cancer have also increased over the last decade. The molecular mechanisms underlying the association between obesity and skin cancer are not clearly understood but emerging evidence points to changes in the tumor microenvironment including aberrant cell signaling and genomic instability in the chronic inflammatory state many obese individuals experience. This article reviews the literature linking obesity to melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.


Melanoma Obesity Non-melanoma skin cancer Basal cell carcinoma Squamous cell carcinoma Inflammation Leptin Insulin 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Karimi
    • 1
  • T. H. Lindgren
    • 1
  • C. A. Koch
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Robert T. Brodell
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.School of MedicineTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbockUSA
  2. 2.Division of EndocrinologyUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  3. 3.Cancer InstituteUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  4. 4.G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  5. 5.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  6. 6.Department of PathologyUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  7. 7.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA

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