A new study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found the incidence of melanoma in young adults is soaring, with a six-fold increase in the past 40 years. The rise is particularly noteworthy in young females aged 18 to 39, where the incidence of melanoma increased eight-fold from 1970 to 2009, and four-fold in young adult males.
Although the study didn’t examine why the numbers have increased, gender-specific behaviors such as tanning — a popular activity among young women — may be behind this alarming trend. “The number one thing – stop going to go tanning beds,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tony Nakhla. “All correlations point towards that as the reason for the increase.”
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