New research showed that cases of melanoma amongst teenagers and young adults in the U.S. declined noticeably from 2006–2015 even as the skin cancer’s occurrence persisted to surged among older adults and the broad population during the span. The study findings—based on national cancer-registry statistics—suggested that public-health attempts supporting protection from the Sun are changing behaviors amongst millennials and post-millennials, researchers estimated. The study was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, which was carried by researchers and clinicians from the UWSOM (University of Washington School of Medicine) and Fred Hutch (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), Seattle.
Margaret Madeleine—Co-Senior Author of the study and an epidemiologist at Fred Hutch specializing on cancer-incidence trends—said, “There seems to be an advancement happening that could really reverse the inclination for surging melanoma incidence.” Melanoma—activated by UV (ultraviolet) radiation from the Sun—is the most ordinary skin cancer and is the fifth most normal amongst all cancers in American men and women. If it is identified and treated early, the patients have a 95% likelihood of surviving 5 Years or more than that. If not diagnosed early, though, it can widespread to the lungs, liver, or brain and is highly lethal.
On a similar note, recently, a study showed that the prevalence of pediatric, teenager and young adult neck and head melanoma is up by 51%. The rate of head and neck melanoma in pediatric, adolescent and young adult populations across Canada and the U.S. increased by over 51.1% from 1995–2014, according to research from SLU (Saint Louis University). The research was led by a team of Haley Bray—from SLU—and the study findings were published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology. Reportedly, melanoma is the fifth most commonly identified cancer in the U.S. amongst males and females; and in Canada, it is the seventh most normally diagnosed cancer.
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