Tuesday, June 4, 2013

As Cancer Deaths Fall, Malignant-Melanoma Rates Climb (Op-Ed)

 

Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

The American Cancer Society reports that death rates for many cancers in the United States have fallen — but that's not the case for melanoma. In fact, the numbers are only getting worse: One person dies from malignant melanoma every hour in the U.S.

With changes in both climate and the ozone layer, increased use of tanning beds, a constant barrage from special-interest groups questioning the safety of sunscreen ingredients, and the perceived need for sun exposure for vitamin D, the public is increasingly uncertain as to how to safely enjoy time outdoors without putting their skin at increased risk for skin cancer.

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