Report Shows Elevation in Marin Melanoma Rates
This news release was issued jointly by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and Marin County Health & Human Services.
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Incidents 43 percent higher than the rest of the Bay AreaFREMONT, CA and SAN RAFAEL, CA -- Melanoma is now the second most commonly diagnosed cancer after prostate cancer for men in Marin County, according to researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.
This new report found changes in melanoma incidence rates for Marin County as part of the regular surveillance of cancer in the nine-county Greater Bay Area. Key findings of the report include:
The report suggests that higher percentages of persons living in Marin County have risk factors for being diagnosed with melanoma (like fair skin, a history of intense sun exposure, access to screening services) than other areas, as opposed to any exposure unique about the geography of the county.
“Being active in the outdoors is one of the healthiest things we can do, especially as we age. This is an important reminder to bring along that wide brimmed hat, wear sunscreen, protect yourself from the sun and keep connected to your regular doctor for checkups,” Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis said. “We would love to see even more people being active in Marin’s beautiful outdoors. We just want to see them well protected from the sun.”
Among the top recommendations for screening and prevention were:
Dr. Jeffrey Schneider, Chief of Dermatology, Kaiser Permanente Marin and Southern Sonoma, said the report should not change one's overall approach to health, "but it should make us more careful about sun protection when enjoying our wonderful Marin outdoor spaces." Kaiser recommends wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a Broad-Spectrum sunscreen. It's handy to keep a second set in your car or with some key items related to your outdoor activities.
Schneider recommends the ABCDE rule for self-checks of moles:
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