22 May 2012 – Nor do most people know that melanomas are most likely to occur on areas of the body not chronically exposed to sunlight, such as the back ...
Rising melanoma incidence with less sun exposure?
The skin cancer we all fear the most is malignant melanoma, which kills about 8,000 Americans a year. However, the incidence of stage one (less than 1 mm in size without spreading) malignant melanoma has tripled over the past forty years in spite of the fact that more and more people now avoid the sun and use sunblock. Why is melanoma increasing if so many people are now taking sun precautions?
While getting frequent severe sunburns, especially as a child, clearly increases the risk of malignant melanoma, few people know that frequent sun exposure, without burning, actually decreases the melanoma risk.
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Indoor workers, for example, are at higher risk than outdoor workers are. Nor do most people know that melanomas are most likely to occur on areas of the body not chronically exposed to sunlight, such as the back and upper legs. However, although the diagnosis of melanoma has been steadily increasing, melanoma death rates have not.
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