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Study says melanoma survivors need to be more careful

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A new study finds that many melanoma survivors still go outside without protection. A new study finds that many melanoma survivors still go outside without protection.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, usually caused by exposure to ultra-violet rays.  And even though more people are living after a melanoma diagnosis, they have to be careful, especially when it comes to being out in the sun.  Now a new study finds that many of these survivors still go outside without protection.

Melanoma can kill, but if people are diagnosed with it in its early stages, it can be managed.  Although most survivors of melanoma stay away from too much sun exposure, new data shows some may not be as cautious as they should be.

In a new Yale University study, doctors have found that more than a quarter of those with melanoma do not use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour, and many still use tanning beds.  Investigators looked at data on melanoma protection, taken from a large national health interview survey conducted three years ago.

Of more than 27,000 adults, 171 had a history of melanoma and although those survivors were more prone to stay in the shade and wear protective clothing, than those who did not have melanoma, 27-percent of them said they never wore sunscreen when outdoors on a sunny day.  And what was most shocking to researchers is that 2-percent of these survivors said they still used tanning booths.

Study authors believe dermatologists need to stress to their patients the dangers of sun exposure, and tanning bed rays. Doctors should make strong pleas to melanoma patients to use sun protection and avoid artificial tanning, because melanoma can reoccur and lead to bigger problems.

 

For more information about melanoma, go to skincancer.org.

 

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