Solar UV Exposure and Mortality from Skin Tumors

  • Marianne Berwick
  • Anne Lachiewicz
  • Claire Pestak
  • Nancy Thomas
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 624)

Abstract

Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is clearly associated with increased mortality from nonmelanoma skin cancer—usually squamous cell carcinoma. However, the association with cutaneous melanoma is unclear from the evidence in ecologic studies and the few analytic studies show that high levels of intermittent UV exposure prior to diagnosis are somehow associated with improved survival from melanoma. Understanding this conundrum is critical to present coherent public health messages and to improve the mortality rates from melanoma.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianne Berwick
    • 1
  • Anne Lachiewicz
    • 1
  • Claire Pestak
    • 1
  • Nancy Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine and the University of New Mexico Cancer CenterAlbuquerqueUSA

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