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Study: Young rich women more likely to get melanoma

Young affluent white women are nearly six times more likely to develop melanoma as their poorer counterparts, according to a study in Archives of Dermatology.
March 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Young affluent white women are nearly six times more likely to develop melanoma as their poorer counterparts, according to a study in Archives of Dermatology.

Scientists think it's because the affluent patients have more opportunities for tanning.

Melanoma is a particularly deadly form of skin cancer.

Researchers studied data from Caucasian girls and women ages 15 through 39 in California.

In the richest 20 percent of California neighborhoods, four or five out of 100,000 were diagnosed with melanoma over a 5-year period.

For the poorest group, the rate was less than one in 100,000 over the same period.


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