Blondes more likely to get melanoma: study

By | June 8, 2009

http://xenophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/hbiklawn2.jpgIf you have red or blonde hair, or had outdoor summer jobs as a teenager you may be up to 10 times more likely than the general population to develop melanoma, new research shows.

A study conducted by MoleMap by Dermatologists – a melanoma surveillance and diagnosis service – based on research by New York University Medical Centre has identified six factors that help predict the risk of people developing melanoma.

These include a history of blistering sunburns as a teenager, red or blonde hai r, marked freckling on the upper back, family history of melanoma, history of scaly patches of skin on sun-exposed areas and outdoor summer jobs for three or more years as a teenager.

Having one of these factors means you are three times more likely than the general population to get a melanoma, while having two or more results in a 10 times increased likelihood of developing melanoma.

The research found that 40 per cent of Australians are three times more likely than average to develop melanoma.

via Blondes more likely to get melanoma: study.

Well, no blonde hair but, I did mow a lot of lawns as a teen to get money for guitar strings. Definitely got some peeling sunburns, but not too many… so far so good. I spent the day in the sun today. To prevent cancer, I’m focusing on this one:

Eat healthy and include many green leafy vegetables and fruits along with lean protein in your diet. Take a vitamin supplement to promote overall health. – link

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