States with highest rates of melanoma due to ultraviolet radiation identified: Several landlocked states among those with highest rates

ScienceDaily | Feb 17, 2020 at 7:13 PM
  • Estimating the contribution of UV exposure required a novel approach.
  • Without a population completely unexposed to UV radiation, researchers used the best data available: historical melanoma incidence rates from 1942-1954 in Connecticut.
  • For most adults, melanomas diagnosed during those years likely reflected UV exposure accumulated in the 1930s or earlier, when exposure was minimized by clothing style with more complete skin coverage and limited recreational exposure.