|Too much exposure people.|
Patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) (skin cancer) did not remain cautious about sun exposure in the three years after their diagnoses, according to a study by Luise Winkel Idorn, M.D., Ph.D., of Bispebjerg Hospital and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun is the primary environmental risk factor for the development of CMM.
The investigators studied 40 participants, including 20 patients with the disease and 20 in a control group.
They measured their exposure to UVR using personal electronic UVR dosimeters and sun exposure diary information.
Study findings indicate that patientsÛª daily UVR dose increased 25 percent from the first to the second summer after diagnosis and 33 percent from the first to the third summer after diagnosis. UVR exposure also increased on holidays and days spent abroad, according to the study.
ÛÏIn conclusion, data from the present study indicate that from the first until the third summer after diagnosis of CMM, patients increase their daily UVR dose in connection with an increase on days with body exposure, holidays and days abroad, whereas controls maintain a stable UVR exposure dose,Û the study concludes.
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