Melanoma Risk on the Rise

Melanoma skin cancer is becoming more common, according to a report featured in the Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource.

Melanoma skin cancer is becoming more common, according to a report featured in the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource.

Currently, 1 in 50 individuals in the country are likely to develop melanoma, which represents a sharp increase. About 45 years ago, 1 in 600 people were expected to develop melanoma and by 1980, the number increased from 1 in 250.

Among some of the reasons researches designate for the increase is the increases exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, as well as better screening and detection.