According to a new study, “Melanoma skin cancer death rates in men are on the rise in most countries, but are stable or declining for women in some.” The study was conducted by researchers from the World Health Organization. They studied data from 33 countries between 1985 and 2015. “In all 33 countries, melanoma death rates were higher for men than for women, the study found.”

According to the study author, “There is evidence that suggests men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun or engage with melanoma awareness and prevention campaigns. The major risk factor for melanoma is overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, either from sun exposure or from using sunbeds. Despite public health efforts to promote awareness of melanoma and encourage sun-smart behaviors, melanoma incidence has been increasing in recent decades.”

The results of this study strengthens the resolve of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation’s mission of saving lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.

Reference: WebMD

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