STATES CHRONICLE – Researchers were glad to reveal that there has been registered a decline in the number of melanoma cases in Northeast, as well a decrease in the number of melanoma deaths. This is known to be the deadliest form of skin cancer. The new research may help experts develop powerful prevention programs. Nevertheless, scientists have pointed out that the Melanoma Foundation of New England started being more active when it comes to prevention programs.
Back in 2014, this group developed a program which funded the implementation of sunscreen dispensers in recreation locations and public areas in many New England cities. That idea has recently been used to produce such public sunscreen dispensers in other countries too. Specialists have claimed that this type of programs may help authorities raise awareness when it comes to any form of cancer.
They managed to keep the population alert regarding skin cancer and melanoma cases. During the last twenty years, melanoma cases appeared to increase at a national level. The American Cancer Society estimated that approximately 76,000 US citizens would be diagnosed with melanoma after researchers tally the number of cases at the end of 2016.
The new research conducted by Dr. Robert Dellavalle, a researcher at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has unveiled an analysis of melanoma cases and death registered between 2003 and 2013. The results of the study were published on December 28, in JAMA Dermatology magazine. Based on previous data, we know that most types of skin cancer do not usually spread, except for melanoma.
This type of skin cancer may appear as a strange mole. What is most striking is that this mole can penetrate tissues beneath the surface of the skin, spreading throughout the body. Some of the risk factors that can be listed are indoor tanning and overexposure to sunlight.
Another study which was published last week has revealed that the number of US melanoma cases has increased from approximately 22 per 100,000 individuals in 2009 to 24 per 100,000 American citizens in 2016. Previous studies have proved that the number of melanoma cases has steadily increased since 1980.
The most important discovery is that the new research showed that the number of skin cancer cases has dropped in five out of nine states in Northeast over the last decade.
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