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Study Finds Melanoma On The Rise In Young Women

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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is on the rise — especially among young women, a new study shows. The study, published in the April 2012 edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looked at the incidence of melanoma in patients ages 18 to 39 years, who had been diagnosed with the cancer between 1970 and 2009.

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men, and the seventh most common cancer in women. And, according to study authors, the lifetime risk of melanoma is 1.5 times higher in men than in women. But the study found that between 1970 and 2009, the incidence of melanoma increased eight-fold among young women — compared with four-fold among young men. “We anticipated we’d find rising rates, as other studies are suggesting, but we found an even higher incidence than the National Cancer Institute had reported… and in particular, a dramatic rise in women in their 20s and 30s,” study author and Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Jerry Brewer said in a news release.

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