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Melanoma rates soar in younger women

July 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have increased significantly in the U.S. in the last 35 years.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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