New Study Reveals Increasing Rates of Skin Cancer Spots
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and it’s also one of the most preventable. Unfortunately, a new study has revealed that there has been an increasing rate of skin cancer spots, which is a cause for concern.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, examined the incidence and characteristics of pigmented lesions on the skin. Researchers analyzed data from 1990 to 2017 and found that the rate of skin cancer spots increased by 4.2% per year in people older than 40 years of age.
The study also found that the rate of skin cancer spots increased more in men than in women, and that there was an increase in the number of skin cancer spots on the trunk of the body, as opposed to the limbs or face.
There are several factors that could be contributing to the increasing rates of skin cancer spots. One factor is the overall increase in the incidence of skin cancer, which is thought to be due to the increased exposure to UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds.
Another factor is the aging of the population, as people over 40 are more likely to develop skin cancer spots. Additionally, there may be an increase in awareness and detection of skin cancer spots, which could lead to more people being diagnosed.
The study’s findings underscore the importance of taking steps to protect your skin from the sun and to get regular skin cancer screenings. Some of the key ways to protect your skin include:
– Using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapplying it every two hours
– Wearing protective clothing, such as a hat and long-sleeved shirt
– Avoiding the sun during peak hours (10am-4pm)
– Avoiding tanning beds
– Getting regular skin cancer screenings from a dermatologist
While the increasing rates of skin cancer spots are cause for concern, there are steps you can take to protect your skin and detect any potential skin cancers early. By being proactive and taking care of your skin, you can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and ensure that you stay healthy and happy for years to come.