More skin, more sun, more tan, more melanoma

Caroline Chang, Era Caterina Murzaku, Lauren Penn, Naheed R. Abbasi, Paula D. Davis, Marianne Berwick, David Polsky

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Abstract

Although personal melanoma risk factors are well established, the contribution of socioeconomic factors, including clothing styles, social norms, medical paradigms, perceptions of tanned skin, economic trends, and travel patterns, to melanoma incidence has not been fully explored. We analyzed artwork, advertisements, fashion trends, and data regarding leisure-time activities to estimate historical changes in UV skin exposure. We used data from national cancer registries to compare melanoma incidence rates with estimated skin exposure and found that they rose in parallel. Although firm conclusions about melanoma causation cannot be made in an analysis such as this, we provide a cross-disciplinary, historical framework in which to consider public health and educational measures that may ultimately help reverse melanoma incidence trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e92-e99
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume104
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Melanoma
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Clothing
Leisure Activities
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Public Health
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Neoplasms

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Chang, C., Murzaku, E. C., Penn, L., Abbasi, N. R., Davis, P. D., Berwick, M., & Polsky, D. (2014). More skin, more sun, more tan, more melanoma. American journal of public health, 104(11), e92-e99. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302185

More skin, more sun, more tan, more melanoma. / Chang, Caroline; Murzaku, Era Caterina; Penn, Lauren; Abbasi, Naheed R.; Davis, Paula D.; Berwick, Marianne; Polsky, David.

In: American journal of public health, Vol. 104, No. 11, 01.11.2014, p. e92-e99.

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Chang, C, Murzaku, EC, Penn, L, Abbasi, NR, Davis, PD, Berwick, M & Polsky, D 2014, 'More skin, more sun, more tan, more melanoma', American journal of public health, vol. 104, no. 11, pp. e92-e99. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302185
Chang C, Murzaku EC, Penn L, Abbasi NR, Davis PD, Berwick M et al. More skin, more sun, more tan, more melanoma. American journal of public health. 2014 Nov 1;104(11):e92-e99. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302185
Chang, Caroline ; Murzaku, Era Caterina ; Penn, Lauren ; Abbasi, Naheed R. ; Davis, Paula D. ; Berwick, Marianne ; Polsky, David. / More skin, more sun, more tan, more melanoma. In: American journal of public health. 2014 ; Vol. 104, No. 11. pp. e92-e99.
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