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Washington: Melanoma Rates Drop Sharply in Teens, Young Adults

Cases of melanoma among adolescents and young adults in the United States declined markedly from 2006 to 2015 – even as the skin cancer’s incidence continued to increase among older adults and the general population, according to new research from the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“There seems to be a breakthrough happening that might really reverse the trend for increasing melanoma incidence,” said co-senior author Dr. Margaret Madeleine, research associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washinton School of Public Health and a Fred Hutch epidemiologist specializing in cancer-incidence trends.

The finding, based on national cancer-registry data, suggests that public health efforts advocating sun protection are changing behaviors among Millennials and Post-Millennials, the investigators surmised. The study was published online Nov. 13 in JAMA Dermatology.

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