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Top 10 states for melanoma

According to the American Cancer Society 2008 Cancer Facts & Figures, there is an estimated 62,480 new cases of melanoma skin cancer in the United States.  The top ten states for estimated new cases of melanoma account for 53% of those cases.  California has the highest number of new cases (7,620) followed by Florida with 4,430 estimated new cases, Texas (3,940), New York (3,440), and Pennsylvania (3,280).  The other five states include New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Washington. 

Source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts and Figures 2008.  Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2008. Retrieved 6/10/09



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World Health Org: Tanning bed rays a definite carcinogen

The World Health Organization?s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Working Group has changes the classification of tanning beds from a probable carcinogen to a definite carcinogen.   This is their highest risk cancer risk category.

Recently, the IARC held a summit with scientists from nine countries to assess the most recent data on tanning bed use and skin cancer risk.  According to their review, a person?s risk of developing skin cancer increases to 75% if they begin using tanning beds/sunlamps before they turn 30 years old.  There was also evidence on an increase in melanoma of the eye in tanning bed users.   Long ago it was believed that only UVB rays caused the genetic mutation of cells.  Studies now indicate that UVA rays are harmful as well.  For this reason, the IARC reclassified UVA, UVB, and UCV radiation as a definite human carcinogen. 

Source: The Lancet Oncology, Volume 10, Issue 8, Pages 751 - 752, August 2009 Retrieved 8/23/2009


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Skin Cancer Foundation updates its Skin Cancer Facts

The Skin Cancer Foundation has updated its Skin Cancer Facts.  First on the list of skin cancer facts is the significant fact that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with incidence of skin cancer reaching to over a million diagnosed per year.  The costs for treating skin cancer rose to over a billion dollars in 2004.  The Skin Cancer Foundation specifically states that the incidence of melanoma skin cancer is rising at a rate above the seven most common cancers.  The sobering facts continue:

The positive note is that, if it is caught in the early stages, the survival rate for melanoma is 99%.  Unfortunately, if it reaches the lymph nodes the survival rate drops to 15%.  The facts continue and include specific data relating to men/women, indoor tanning, pediatrics, and ethnicity.  For more information visit The Skin Cancer Foundation?s website at


Source: Skin Cancer Facts, The Skin Cancer Foundation.  Retrieved August 31, 2009.

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