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Reducing the Risk of Melanoma in Young Men

Reducing the Risk of Melanoma in Young Men | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Young men are 55% more likely to die of melanoma than young women, according to a recent study that followed more than 25,000 white adolescents and young adults with melanoma. About 95% of skin melanomas occur in non-Hispanic whites. The disparity between the sexes held across melanomas matched for thickness, suggesting a biological basis. But even so, young men can reduce their risk with sun protection and skin checks. Another large study suggested that using sunscreen regularly could cut the incidence of melanoma by half. In addition, men are less likely to get skin checks and young adults are less likely to go to doctors, period. Dermatologists recommend professional skin exams for people with changing moles or 'ugly duckling' moles, which don't match the others. Ugly duckling moles tend to grow up, can be small and uniform in color, and may bleed.

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The ASCO Post│Aug 15, 2013

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Melanoma Hits Men Harder Than Women at Young Ages, Too

Melanoma Hits Men Harder Than Women at Young Ages, Too | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Older men are less likely to survive melanoma than women; new research shows that the same holds for younger men. Melanoma is the third most common cancer in adolescents and young adults. The researchers followed 26,000 white individuals aged 15 to 39 years who had skin melanomas. About 7 years after diagnosis, men were 55% more likely to die than women of same ages and melanoma thicknesses. Moreover, even though melanomas less than 1 mm thick are linked to lower risk, men with these thin melanomas were twice as likely to die as women of the same age. The researchers call for more outreach to alert young men to their heightened risk of melanoma and for more research to find out why.

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JAMA Dermatology│Jun 26, 2013

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