Skin Cancer Epedimic in U.S.
Posted on April 20, 2006
Reuters reports on a new warning from the American Academy of Dermatology that a skin cancer epedimic is now underway in the U.S. More Americans and more younger Americans are being diagnosed with skin cancer.
Researchers are finding an increase of certain types of skin cancers on skin that is generally less frequently exposed to sunlight suggestion a tanning bed link.
Basal and squamous cell carcinomas, the most common and treatable types of skin cancers, had long been considered a problem only for people over 50, according to the report. But Mayo Clinic researchers found that the percentage of women under 40 with the more common type, basal cell, tripled between 1976 and 2003, while the rate of squamous cell cancers increased four-fold.People are aware of the risks and another study provided an interesting tanning addiction theory about why people continue to sun tan and use tanning beds despite the obvious cancer risk and aging caused by sun tanning. The article provided the following suggestions reprinted from an April 2006 Mayo Health Clinic newsletter.
In the same study, the researchers found that just 60% of the cancers they identified occurred on skin frequently exposed to the sun, such as the head and neck, rather than the normal 90%. Most of the remaining cancers were seen on the torso. The researchers suspect this may be due to more widespread use of tanning beds.
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