Melanoma rates increase, especially among young women

April 2, 2012 2:37:27 PM PDT
Melanoma rates are on the rise in this country, with young women being hit the hardest.

A new study in the April issue of Mayo Proceedings finds the potentially fatal form of skin cancer increased 8 times more among young women and 4 times more among young men from 1970 to 2009.

Study researchers think the rise in the use of indoor tanning beds is partially to blame.

But, childhood sunburns and UV exposure in adulthood may also contribute to the risk.

The good news is fewer people are now dying from skin cancer.