Summer is here and most people are eager to hit the beach and lay in front of the sun. But a new study has found that chasing a tan might be endangering your life more than driving a car if you live in certain parts of the world.
AURA, a spray tan company, looked at the number of deaths caused by skin cancer (melanoma) and at the number of deaths caused by car accidents in 12 different countries. Most of them were well developed countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Germany.
What the researchers found was that skin cancer is responsible for the death of more people than car accidents in some countries. Australia proved to be the most alarming case, with 71 percent (71%) of deaths being more likely to be caused by skin cancer than by car accidents.
Ireland “won” second place, with 40 percent (40%) of deaths being more likely to be caused by skin cancer than by car accidents, followed by Spain with 35 percent (35%) of deaths being more likely to be caused by skin cancer than by car accidents, the United Kingdom with 25 percent (25%) of deaths being more likely to be caused by skin cancer than by car accidents,
New Zealand and Switzerland each came in with 12 percent (12%) of deaths being more likely to be caused by skin cancer than by car accidents, and Germany with 7 percent (7%) of deaths being more likely to be caused by skin cancer than by car accidents.
The researchers from AURA also point out that the percentages of skin cancer deaths reported by each country’s agency only refer to melanoma and do not include basal, squamous cell carcinoma ad other similar types of skin cancer, which led the experts to theorize that the actual numbers are much higher.
Another finding worth mentioning is that women are much more at risk of developing skin cancer and dying from it than men are. One working theory is that the increased use of tanning beds among women might be to blame for the statistic. Previous studies have revealed that said tanning beds are hotter than the Mediterranean sun during the middle of the way, which in turn facilitates the development of skin cancer.
Dr. Rogerio Neves, deputy director over at the Penn State Hershey Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center, gave a statement saying that artificial tanning is a major factor or melanoma in his opinion. He went on to add that this is the second most common type of cancer found among women between the age of 20 and 30, and that the disease is becoming more and more often encountered among men in the same age group as well.
In the United States the situation is even worse. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) inform that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer period, with the cause being exposure to ultraviolet light that sunscreens are too weak to filter out.
J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer over at the American Cancer Society, gave a statement of his own sharing that an estimate 90 percent (90%) of melanoma cases are sun-related. He went on to predict that 2.2 million Americans will be diagnosed with some type of skin cancer by the end of the year.
AURA researchers concluded that “skin cancer is a very relevant cause of death”, and that if one stops to look at the numbers, it’s easy tio get the feeling that skin cancer is treated disproportionally in every day lives by comparison to car accidents.
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