Rates of new melanomas have doubled over last three decades

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and the amount of people affected by it has skyrocketed over the past three decades. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs report released Tuesday, melanoma rates in the United States doubled from 1982 to 2011. Women were most likely to be diagnosed with the cancer through age 49. The report places some of the blame for that on the popularity of indoor tanning. According to the report, without additional community prevention efforts, melanoma rates will continue to increase over the next 15 years, which is projected to cause the cost of treatment for melanoma to increase.

 

 

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