Geographic variation and risk of skin cancer in US women
The popular press has been somewhat excited about the increase in melanoma incidence in our children and immediately cast blame on over sun exposure. As if our kids weren’t sitting inside all day on the computer or XBox or wearing SPF 90 to walk to the car. It is very obvious that our children are getting much less sun exposure than the previous generation, and yet melanoma risk is going up.
If the sun exposed areas of the country do not have a disproportionately high rate of melanoma as this study suggests, then the blame needs to rightfully fall elsewhere. Low intakes of healthy fats. Low phytonutrient intake. Too LITTLE rationale sun exposure (sun exposure can actually be protective against some melanomas!!). Instead of focusing on sun exposure, we need to point to the elephant in the room and allow the right choices to be made to lower risk of melanomas.