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Skin Cancer Rates Rise By 50 Percent In Young Women

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:04 AM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: FDA and Prescription Drugs, Sunscreen, Sunblock, Skin Cancer, Melanoma

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IMAGE SOURCE: WikiMedia Commons/ melanoma on skin/ author: U.S. govt.

Skin cancer rates in men have lowered, while more women are being diagnosed with Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, according to recent research by the National Cancer Institute.

Melanoma is a rare type of skin cancer responsible for the majority of skin cancer related deaths. Surgery is currently the only effective cure.

The National Cancer Institute estimates 62,480 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2008 and 8,420 will die from the disease.

Research based on a government cancer data from 1973 to 2004; found new cases of melanoma in young women had surged by 50 percent from 1980, while rates in young men remained the same during the same period.

“It’s disconcerting,” said Mark Purdue, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, the lead researcher of the study. “What the research indicates in young adults right now could foretell a larger number of melanoma cases in older women.”

Researchers did not explore the causes that have lead to the incline in new melanoma cases, but speculate indoor tanning and more time spent outdoors with inadequate sunscreen protections are likely risk factors. Women are more likely to visit indoor tanning salons then men making them more prone to risk.

Cancer statistics of women and men between the ages of 15 to 30 that were gathered through the National Cancer Institutes SEER Program, a network of regional cancer registries, were reviewed by Purdue and his research team.

New melanoma cases in young men increased to 4.7 per 100,000 in 1973 compared to 7.7 cases per 100,000 per year in 1980, but then they began tapering off.

In comparison melanoma rates in young women climbed from 5.5 cases per 100,000 per year in 1973 to 9.4 new cases per year in 1980 and continued to increase up to 13.9 in 2004.

Lack of safe sunscreen and too much sun exposure are both contributing factors to the steep increase in melanoma diagnoses among women. While recent studies suggest short amounts of sun exposure is needed for Vitamin D and overall good health, it is important to do so in a safe and healthy way to avoid the risk of skin cancer.

"The take-home message is: Unprotected outdoor ultraviolet exposure is dangerous," said C. William Hanke, of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Ultraviolet radiation is a carcinogen. If you bathe your skin in the ultraviolet light carcinogen long enough, skin cancer is going to develop."

The study was published in the July 10 edition of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

A separate study recently found that four out of five sunscreens insufficiently protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays and contain chemicals that are potentially harmful. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a comprehensive Sunscreen Guide – that includes a detailed list of 143 products that are safe and offer adequate protection from the sun. #


4 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by clubby
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:02 PM EST

There is also some speculation that young women are in fact using more sunscreen. The very same sunscreen that is a known to be toxic to humans. The very same sunscreen that can cause human cell damage. It's possible this rise in melanoma for young women may very well be caused by the advice of medical doctors to continually use sunscreen that they know is toxic.

Anonymous User
Posted by neon beach
Saturday, July 12, 2008 6:07 PM EST

March 8, 2007

"Guardian of the genome" protein found to underlie skin tanning May also influence human fondness for sunshine

A protein known as the "master watchman of the genome" for its ability to guard against cancer-causing DNA damage has been found to provide an entirely different level of cancer protection: By prompting the skin to tan in response to ultraviolet light from the sun, it deters the development of melanoma skin cancer, the fastest-increasing form of cancer in the world.

In a study in the March 9 issue of the journal Cell, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report that the protein, p53, is not only linked to skin tanning, but also may play a role in people's seemingly universal desire to be in the sun — an activity that, by promoting tanning, can reduce one's risk of melanoma.

uvtalk.com/forum/sun-science/19-tanning-protects-against-skin-cancer.html

Posted by Mmmm
Sunday, July 13, 2008 8:13 PM EST

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Posted by Mmmmm
Sunday, July 13, 2008 8:15 PM EST

The foll. news report has helpful sun protection tips LINK

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