Study Finds Melanoma Survivors Return To Unsafe Tanning

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two new melanoma studies show more education must be done about the dangers of not using sunscreen.

In the first study, researchers at the Brown School at Washington University find that melanoma cases, while rare in children, have increased over the past decade. Lead researcher Kimberly Johnson says parents should try harder to get their adolescents and children to wear sunblock and avoiding tanning beds.

The other study, out of Yale University, finds more than a quarter of melanoma survivors do not use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour and some still use tanning beds.

“It may be that even though melanoma survivors are not well enough educated about the risk of developing a second melanoma or there is some second element of addiction to behaviors like tanning that causes melanoma survivors to continue to engage in these behaviors,”  Johnson said.

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