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Melanoma Rates Higher Among Young Women

Melanoma in Young Women Might Be Genetic

Even more reason to wear sunscreen! We've already heard that skin cancer rates are rising in young women: in the past 25 years, new melanoma cases have increased by 50 percent in white women ages 15 to 39. But the story doesn't end there.

New research out of New York University suggests that genetics, in addition to sun exposure, could be contributing to the increase. Researchers have found a connection between estrogen and a specific genetic variant that makes women more likely to develop malignant melanoma.

How can we know if we have the gene? Well, right now, we simply can't. On the Today Show yesterday morning, Dr. Nancy Snyderman discussed the possibility of someday being able to identify who carries the gene. But until that's possible, this news is even more reason to protect your precious skin. Snyderman recommends taking a page from the Australians to "slip, slap, slop." For more on that from the Today Show clip,


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I make sure to sunscreen it up all the time.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My father and my father in law both had cancerous lesions removed from their skin that developed from too much sun exposure, so I've been super diligent about using sunblock when I'm outside. I am very pale, so I definitely need the protection. I'm a big fan of those gradual tanning lotions for getting some color in the summertime...they don't reek as much as those self tanners and you can adjust the color to your skin tone.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this was THE hot topic on the Today show yesterday and on so many news programs. it's scary to think that you could be that much more pre-disposed to getting skin cancer even if you take all the necessary precautions. the lesson learned here is that you should always be aware of what your body looks like, and be mindful of the sun, and go to a doctor at any inkling of something.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Oh, I heard this last night... I always wear sunscreen when I'm in the sun and visit my dermatologist for regular check-ups. :)
rach716 rach716 8 years
Leaving for Florida in the morning with plenty of sunscreen in tow :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I've decided that this will be the summer I finally keep my resolution not to sunbathe. It'll be SPF 30 and those "glowy" moisturizers for me.
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