Veterans at Higher Risk of Deadly Skin Cancers

Source: Healthy Day, June 2022

TUESDAY, June 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) — U.S. veterans are at higher risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than most Americans, and new research finds they are also more likely to have advanced-stage disease when it’s detected.

At the time of diagnosis, “we found veterans with melanoma were more likely to present with ‘regional’ or ‘distant’ disease,” explained study author Dr. Rebecca Hartman, an associate chief of dermatology with the VA Boston Healthcare System.

“Primary care providers and dermatologists who care for veterans, as well as veterans themselves, should be aware of the elevated advanced melanoma risk in this population,” Hartman added.