Many melanoma survivors practice suboptimal sun protection

Source: Healio, May 2017

Although most melanoma survivors effectively limit their sun exposure, a considerable number practice less-than-optimal sun exposure behaviors, according to study results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in the United States, and incidence has increased during the past 30 years. More than 76,000 cases were diagnosed in the United States last year, and more than 10,000 Americans died of the disease, according to SEER statistics.

Excessive ultraviolet radiation exposure is considered a strong contributor to melanoma risk, and efforts to limit UV exposure after melanoma diagnosis can reduce risk for second primary melanomas.

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