Melanoma rates soar in younger women

LOS ANGELES It's estimated that more than 62,000 people will be diagnosed this year. But what also troubles doctors is how fast melanoma is rising among young women.

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute studied cases of melanoma in both men and women.

And since 1980, they found that cases leveled off for men, but more than doubled for young women.

Experts don't know why there's a gender split, but one theory is that girls have more exposure from the sun and tanning beds.

 

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