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Melanoma Threatens Youth, Tanning Accused.


Melanoma Threatens Youth, Tanning Accused.

(ePharmaNews) - A recent study warned from a dramatic rise of skin cancer; "Melanoma," especially among people under 40.

The study also noted the need to take rapid actions to reduce the spread of this cancer, especially among young people, as its prevalence is linked to wrong practices that can be easily avoided.
The study, published in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings journal, found that the incidence of melanoma has escalated, and young women are the hardest-hit.
“We anticipated we'd find rising rates, as other studies are suggesting, but we found an even higher incidence than the National Cancer Institute had reported using the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Result database, and in particular, a dramatic rise in women in their 20s and 30s," says lead investigator Jerry Brewer.
The study found the incidence of melanoma increased eightfold among women in twenties and thirtieth and fourfold among men at the same age. The researchers speculate that the use of indoor tanning beds is a key culprit in the rising cancer rate in young women.
Where it has become popular in beauty centers in recent years especially among women in order to obtain brownish color, despite repeated alerts and warnings, the strongest warning was from World Health Organization about the danger of using tanning beds for the purposes of beauty.
"A recent study reported that people who use indoor tanning beds frequently are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, and we know young women are more likely to use them than young men," the study authors says. Despite abundant information about the dangers of tanning beds, he adds, young women continue to use them.
So, the researchers in this study see that there is an urgent need for effective interventions to reduce the risk of skin cancer, and it seems to them that the most important of these interventions are the continued warnings to women about the disadvantage of resorting in beauty centers for tanning beds.
Childhood sunburns and ultraviolet exposure in adulthood may also contribute to melanoma development, the researchers say.
The bright side of the study was that in spite of the increase in melanoma rates, mortality rates of the disease have improved over the years, likely due to early detection of skin cancer and prompt medical care. "People are now more aware of their skin and of the need to see a doctor when they see changes," Dr. Brewer says.”As a result, many cases may be caught before the cancer advances to a deep melanoma, which is harder to treat."

Researchers conducted a population-based study using records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, a decades-long database of all patient care in Olmsted County, Minn. They looked for first-time diagnoses of melanoma in patients 18 to 39 from 1970 to 2009.
 



Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro


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