Beach Vacations May Increase a Child's Skin Cancer Risk

by: cancercompass

Seven-year-old children that spent their summer vacations at the beach had a 5% increase in the number of nevi, or moles - a leading risk factor for malignant melanoma, according to a press release recently put out by Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

This study was conducted primarily on children living on Colorado, but the findings are applicable worldwide according to Lori Crane, Ph.D., M.P.H from the Colorado School of Public Health.

Crane, along with colleagues conducted the research by examining 681 white children born in 1998 who were lifetime residents of Colorado.  Each child was interviewed about vacation history and given skin exams to evaluate the number of moles.

Overall findings concluded that each vacation at the beach one to two years prior to the exam resulted in a 5% increase in skin moles that were less than 2mm.  Researchers also found that boys had a 19% higher risk for moles than girls.

In the press release, Crane said that sunscreen alone isn't a cure at all. She recommends keeping kids indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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