The U.S. government cancer statistics for the period 1973 to 2004 suggest that there has been a 50 % increase in new melanoma cases in younger women since 1980 but there was no increase for younger men during this period.
“It’s quite alarming” stated Mark Purdue who made the analysis for these statistics and it was published in the journal of Investigative Dermatology. “The things we are noticing in young adults at that time could predict a greater number of melanoma cases in older women.”
However, it has not been examined yet by the new research what are the reasons for this trend, but according to Purdue, it could be the result of such factors as of excessive outdoor activities by the women, similarly, indoor tanning may be another cause as young women get more frequent tanning than young men, Purdue further added.
In the U.S. around 62,000 melanoma cases are identified every year and almost 8,400 people die of melanoma and other related disease. There is an overall increase in the rate of new diagnoses among adults as the results of previous studies have shown but it is not known yet what the case with younger adults is.
Cancer statistics for men and women ages 15 to 39 were collected through the NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program and were analyzed by Purdue and his colleagues.
Among young men, the rate of new melanoma cases increases 3 percent as it rose from 4.7 cases out of 100,000 per year during 1973 to 7.7 cases per year in 1980, but after 1980 it stopped rising.
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