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Melanoma Rates On the Rise Among Young Adults: Study
Date:4/2/2012

out as a cause for the rise in skin cancer rates.

"The study itself has almost nothing to do with indoor tanning and the links they cite to indoor tanning are nothing but speculation," he said. "They attempt to make indoor tanning the story while ignoring other possible risk factors such as sunburning outdoors, sunscreens that for several decades did not block UVA, the more deeply penetrating ultraviolet wavelength, and more frequent travel to sunny vacations locations over the last decade where severe sunburns are more likely to occur."

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Learn more about melanoma at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

SOURCES: Jennifer Stein, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Ronald O. Perelman department of dermatology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., director, Mohs and Dermatological Surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City; Alicia Terando, M.D., surgical oncologist, Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital, Columbus; John Overstreet, executive director, Indoor Tanning Association, Washington, D.C.; April 2012, Mayo Clinic Proceedings


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