Melanoma patients often revert to bad sun habits

10/8/2013 | Reuters

Melanoma patients avoid sun exposure for the first year after diagnosis, but within two to three years they spend as much time in the sun as people who had not had the disease, researchers report in JAMA Dermatology. Sixty percent of melanoma patients reported a sunburn at least once during the study, compared with 50% in the melanoma-free group. The findings make sense because people who spend more time in the sun are more likely to get melanoma in the first place, said dermatologist Brundha Balaraman.

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