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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Rise in melanoma diagnoses in young people found

Expatriates ought to avoid the use of tanning beds, as these have been blamed for a rise in the proportion of young adults suffering from skin cancer.

Research undertaken at the Mayo Clinic and published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found an eightfold jump in the number of first-time melanoma diagnoses between females aged between 18 and 39 from the year 1970 to 2009.

Furthermore, the number of men found to have the condition increased four times over this timeframe.

Scientists examined records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, which is a database of medical files for people in Minnesota's Olmsted County.

However, mortality rates from the disease dropped during this period, which is thought to be due to people receiving prompt medical treatment using international health insurance policies and other forms of medical cover, as well as early detection of the condition.

Researchers argued that increasing use of tanning beds is responsible for this dramatic growth in skin cancer cases.

Lead investigator Jerry Brewer, a dermatologist for the Mayo Clinic, pointed to a recent study that found frequent users of indoor sunbeds have a 74 per cent higher likelihood of developing melanoma than those who do not utilise these devices.

"We know young women are more likely to use them than young men," he added.

The specialist noted that despite abundant amounts of information detailing the negative health effects of tanning beds, females continually use them.

Dr Brewer argued the study reveals how important it is to continually warn women about the dangers posed by artificial suntans, stating they have "carcinogenic effects that increase the risk of melanoma".

Cancer Research UK notes some of the warning signs of this condition include alterations to the skin or the development of new moles.

Further indications include an existing blemish that changes shape, colour or size, as well as those that become crusty, bleed, are painful and itchy or appear to be inflamed.

Moles that have three or more shades of black and brown are particularly likely to be a melanoma, the group asserted.

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