Melanoma have increased in California Hispanics
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A new study in the
upcoming issue of CANCER medical journal reports of the increased rate
of the deadly melanoma skin cancer among California Hispanics.
increased cases of melanoma compared to Caucasians and they tend to have
confined thicker lesions which are more deadly. Melanoma is not the
most common type of skin cancer, but it is the most deadly. Skin cancer
is usually more dangerous when more layers of skin is penetrated with
the tumor. Melanoma cancer typically was at the highest risk for
the fastest growing ethnic group in California. The melanoma cases of
Hispanics are small with only about 200 new cases a year and around 50
Myles G. Cockburn,
Ph.D. from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern
California and his colleagues studied data for melanoma-related
mortality rates of Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites in California.
From the time of 1988 and 2001, the researchers found a significant
increase among Hispanic men for death caused by melanoma. The Hispanic
males on average had an increase of 1.8 percent per year, but jumped up
to 7.3 percent per year between 1996 and 2001. The Hispanic women
and whites were not seen as a significant increase for melanoma.
The Hispanics had
more invasive and thicker melanomas and because it has been
traditionally thought to be more of a danger to whites, the Hispanics
are not being diagnosed on a preventive measure and are not being
careful of the suns rays. It is not certain that sunscreen will prevent
melanoma. Avoiding the sun and wearing protective clothing is the best
prevention for melanoma at this time.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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