Melanoma Study

Research Show No Connection Between Tanning and Melanoma: Why this is misunderstood

Melanoma skin cancer is the most aggressive of the three major categories of skin cancer, accounting for only five percent of all skin cancer cases each year, but responsible for a majority of skin cancer fatalities. An estimated 62,000 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2006, with 7,900 fatalities.1 While melanoma has captured a great deal of public attention in the past 15 years, much of the discussion has been oversimplified in stating that melanoma is caused by overexposure to sunlight. In fact, the exact nature of the relationship between melanoma and ultraviolet light remains unclear, and the mechanism by which the two are related is still unknown.