Monday, 30 July 2012 09:20

Rise of Skin Cancer

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Even as the rates of some cancers are falling, Mayo Clinic is seeing a shocking trend: the dramatic rise of skin cancer, especially among people under 40. According to a study by Mayo Clinic, the incidence of melanoma has escalated, and young women are the hardest hit.

Researchers conducted a population-based study. The study found the incidence of melanoma increased eightfold amongst young women and fourfold among young men.

The lifetime risk of melanoma is higher in men, but in young adults and adolescents, it is higher in women.

Researchers also found mortality rates from the disease have improved over the years, probably due to early detection of skin cancer and quick medical care.

The researchers think that the use of indoor tanning beds is a major influence in the rising cancer rate in young women. A dermatologist at Mayo Clinic said a recent study reported that people who use indoor tanning beds frequently are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, and we know young women are more likely to use them than young men. Despite all of this information about the dangers of tanning beds, young women continue to use them. The results of this study emphasize the importance of active interventions to decrease risk factors for skin cancer and, in particular, to continue to alert young women that indoor tanning has carcinogenic effects that increase the risk of melanoma.

For more information on this story, please visit the Mayo Clinic website.

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  • Comment Link peggyjeanteske Wednesday, 24 October 2012 09:14 posted by peggyjeanteske

    Hi, my name is PJ Teske I work for a plastic surgeons office, Dr Janet Blanchard and associate Dr Jennifer Greer located in Mentor Ohio. I am a 35 year veteran of skin and hair care. I have definitely seen a rise in skin cancers , face, nose area and under eyes ,but now clients are finding these cancers and pre cancers everywhere left undiagnosed it can be a death sentence. Please submit yourself to a full body screening and always if anything looks unusual or has changed in any way see your Doctor, Dermatologist,,any are trained to get you going to the right healthydirection. Fall and winter months can be boring, schedule your appointment now. And always wear an spf broad spectrum sunscreen,uva/uvb for your protection.Play Safe.

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