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Surfers riding a high wave of skin cancers
30 May, 2016  

A study showed one in seven Australian surfers have had a skin cancer.

Almost 14% of 1348 surfers surveyed had already had a skin cancer diagnosed or been treated by a doctor, yet their average age was just 36.

The online survey of surfers across Australia found skin cancers were most commonly identified on the face, back and arms, while the feet, thigh and neck had the lowest number.

In female surfers, most skin cancers were found on the back, followed by the face, then shoulders and arms. They had significantly fewer skin cancers around the top of the head, face, ears and necks than men and their longer hair could be a factor in this, the researchers suggested.

Women in the study had fewer cancers than men, which was not surprising as they had not surfed for as many years, the study authors said.
(adapted from Australian doctor)

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