Melanoma Rates Higher Among Young Women

Melanoma in Young Women Might Be Genetic

Even more reason to wear sunscreen! We've already heard that skin cancer rates are rising in young women: in the past 25 years, new melanoma cases have increased by 50 percent in white women ages 15 to 39. But the story doesn't end there.

New research out of New York University suggests that genetics, in addition to sun exposure, could be contributing to the increase. Researchers have found a connection between estrogen and a specific genetic variant that makes women more likely to develop malignant melanoma.

How can we know if we have the gene? Well, right now, we simply can't. On the Today Show yesterday morning, Dr. Nancy Snyderman discussed the possibility of someday being able to identify who carries the gene. But until that's possible, this news is even more reason to protect your precious skin. Snyderman recommends taking a page from the Australians to "slip, slap, slop." For more on that from the Today Show clip, read more.

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