AAD: More education needed around dangers of UV exposure

Source: Healio, September 2019

The rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are increasing exponentially, with research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting reporting an 800% increase between 1970 and 2009 among women aged 18 to 39 years.

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma rates have also increased by 145% and 263%, respectively, according to a press release from the AAD.

“This data reveals the disproportionate rise in the number of skin cancers in women and the need for further education regarding UV exposure,” M. Laurin Council, MD, FAAD, FACMS, an associate professor of dermatology at Washington University in St. Louis, said in the press release.

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