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Melanoma Risk Increasing Amongst Young Adults

Melanoma Risk Increasing Amongst Young Adults
4/3/2012 3:16 PM ET

A new study of young adults in Minnesota shows that incidents of melanoma could be on the rise. For the study a research team pulled data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project collected between January 1970 and December 2009. The date looked at patients who had their first melanoma diagnosis within that time frame.

Sifting through the data, the researchers found that new incidents of melanoma have become eight times more likely for women and four times more likely for men over the years.

"Melanoma remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. It is the fifth most common cancer in men and the seventh most common in women. Among young adults, melanoma is the second most common invasive cancer, behind only breast cancer," the researchers write in their official report.

"The lifetime risk of melanoma is 1.5 times higher in males than in females. This tendency to male predominance is reversed in young adults; in some younger age ranges, the female-male ratio is as high as 1.8.4," they add.

by RTT Staff Writer

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