Skin Cancer On The Rise Among Young Adults


Skin cancer is on the rise among young adults.

A new study from the Mayo Clinic found a dramatic rise in first-time melanoma for patients ages 18-39, especially among women.

Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer, killing one person an hour according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Men traditionally have a greater lifetime risk of melanoma than women, but the study found the opposite to be true among the younger set.

Researchers used data from a decades-long database of patient information out of Minnesota, and looked at first-time melanoma diagnoses.

Tanning beds may be the primary culprit, particularly among young women, who are more likely to indulge in indoor tanning. The Mayo Clinic says tanning beds give seven times the dose of UV radiation as the sun. In 2009, the International Agency of Research on Cancer declared tanning beds a leading cancer-risk, right alongside cigarettes.

Childhood sunburns also indicate future risk; adults who burned as kids are advised to get their skin checked by dermatologists as a precaution.

Sun worshippers should go fake when seeking a bronze glow.

Other ways to lower your risk of skin cancer include avoiding the outdoors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is strongest; wearing protective clothing while outdoors, including long sleeves, hats and sunglasses; and most importantly, always use sunscreen. Dermatologists say sunscreen should be worn all day long, even if you are just driving, and should be reapplied every two or three hours.

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  • by Potater on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    Since we live in the greatest country on earth, with a guaranteed freedom to say what we want (within the tos), i can be as unclever as i wish to be. The outside does not bother me. Nor do any of the creatures (except for mountain lions). It's Colorado. We have wildlife and weather here. I enjoy the outdoor amenities my home offers. And reptiles are part of being outside here. A modicum of common sense goes quite far in this life. Thanks for not asking though.
  • by Anonymous Location: springs on Apr 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    Your best stab at being a smartass has fallen short, potater and oh my. Put some sunscreen on and buck up. Welcome to Colorado. Now go home.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    Looking like an oompa loompa will kill eventually. Fake-n-baked girls look disgusting with their two-toned lips, I laugh at them every time I see one.
  • by Potater on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    But..but, i thought that one of selling cards of this area was the plethora of outdoor activities. All is lost, all is lost!
  • by Oh my on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:21 AM
    First poisonous snakes, now deadly sunlight! I'll never go outside again. That's for making Spring so enjoyable.
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