A new study of Mayo Clinic discovered that between middle-aged men and women (40 to 60 years of age), an eight-fold incidence of skin cancer between 1970 and 2009, as published in the January edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings .
The doctor's team Brewer conducted a population study with data from the Rochester Epidemiological Project and found that in the group of white adults, without Hispanic origin and between 40 and 60 years of age, the incidence of skin cancer it increased 4.5 times among men and 24 times among women.
Women? Women under 50 years of age, in particular, showed a marked increase in melanoma , a finding that could promote future studies on the premenopausal hormonal connection and disease .
Even though women were more likely to develop melanoma , men, however, showed greater tendency to present deeper lesions. Another important finding was the greater overall probability of surviving the melanoma , with an increase of 7 percent in each year of the study.
The most pronounced increase in melanoma It was in the last decade covered by the study, between 2000 and 2009. Scientists speculate that this rise can be related to the popularity of tanning beds of the 1980s and 1990s.
The doctor Brewer explains that "for many decades, there has been a cultural tendency to connect the tan of the skin with good physical condition and even with success. This trend may be one of the reasons why the melanoma It has become so prevalent among the groups studied.
The skin cancer It can be prevented. The doctor Brewer lists four simple ways so that the probabilities of preventing skin cancer be better
1. Avoid using tanning beds
2. Use sunscreen
3. Know the skin of one, performing frequent self-exams
4. Go annually to a review with the dermatologist
Remember that these prevention messages are important for people of all ages.