Incidence of melanoma increasing among young adults

USA Today reports, “A dramatic rise in skin cancer rates among young adults is leading health officials to shed light on the risk factors, specifically tanning salons, which women are more likely to use.”

In fact, “according to the National Institutes of Health, excess exposure to ultraviolet light increases risk for all skin cancers. UV light is invisible radiation that can damage DNA in the skin and can be generated by the sun, sunlamps and tanning beds.”

HealthDay reports that according to a study published in the April issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, “the incidence of melanoma increased eightfold among young women and fourfold among young men from 1970 through 2009.”

These “findings come from a population-based study by Mayo Clinic researchers using records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, a decades-long database of all patient care in Olmsted County, Minn.”

What’s more, “the study researchers pointed to the rise in the use of indoor tanning beds as one of the main reasons behind the trend, but childhood sunburns and ultraviolet (UV) exposure in adulthood may also contribute to melanoma risk.”

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