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Rates of Melanoma increase in Women



An analysis of cancer statistics from 1973 to 2004 by the National Cancer Institute found that the rate of new melanoma cases in women from 15 to 39 years of age had increased by 50%, but the rate for men of the same age had remained unchanged.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer characterized by black skin tumors. Melanoma usually starts from excessive exposure to the sun or from the frequent use of tanning salons. Some sun exposure is necessary for the production of Vitamin D in the skin, but sun exposure that causes sunburn damages the skin. Skin specialists recommend using sun block lotions to prevent sunburn and avoiding being outdoors in the middle of the day when the sun's rays are strongest.

Melanoma lesions are usually black with irregular shape. Any unusual or bleeding moles should be checked by a dermatologist.
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