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Increase in the number of young adults with skin cancer

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More young adults are developing melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.  This comes from the Mayo Clinic.   Doctors say they're shocked at the dramatic increase in the number of young adults with skin cancer.

Using a database of patient records from a single county in Minnesota researchers found that between 1970 and 2009.   The incidence of melanoma has increased eight times in women, and four times in men, which are all under the age of 40.

Dr. Jerry Brewer said, "Some people would consider melanoma almost an epidemic."

While the Mayo Clinic study didn't look at the cause for the increase, researchers suggest one factor could be indoor tanning, which was introduced to the United States in the late 70s.

The indoor tanning association contends there is "no consensus" about the relationship between melanoma and UV exposure, and they say studies are skewed by a disproportionate

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