Young Women Are the Fastest Growing Demographic for Getting Skin Cancer: Important Summer Tips For Women

Source: Long Beach Post, July 2017

People Post is a space for opinion pieces, letters to the editor and guest submissions from members of the Long Beach community. The following is a guest post by Dr. Lindsay Larson, a primary care physician with OptumCare Medical Group, located in Long Beach.

In Southern California we spend the summertime outside. We go to the beach, attend backyard barbecues and play at the pool. Unfortunately, many of us are outside without proper sun protection and that is why melanoma, the most common form of skin cancer, is the most diagnosed cancer in the United States.

While everyone is at risk for melanoma, young women are the fastest growing demographic for getting the condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), melanoma is the leading cause of cancer deaths of young women between the ages of 24-29. The reason for this trend has not changed in decades– many young women still think being tan is a measure of health and youthfulness.

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