April 9, 2013
Some Melanoma Survivors Skip Sunscreen, Use Tanning Beds
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More than one-quarter of people diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, fail to wear sunscreen, according to a new Yale University study.
Researchers surveyed 171 US melanoma survivors, and found that more than 25 percent never use sunscreen when spending an hour or more in the sun, while 27.3 percent never wear sunscreen at all.
Even more surprising, 15.4 percent of the former melanoma patients said they either rarely or never stayed in the shade, while 2.1 percent reported visiting a tanning salon during the past year.
Yale University´s Dr. Anees Chagpar, the study´s lead author, said she was startled by the findings.
“That blew my mind,” she said in a statement.
Melanoma is a malignant tumor of the melanocytes in the skin. The National Cancer Institute estimates 76,690 people will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, and 9,480 will die from the disease.
Although the results of the study were staggering, the researchers did find that melanoma survivors, overall, were more likely than other survey participants to protect themselves from the sun by avoiding exposure, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The findings were presented on Monday at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.