Middle-aged men and melanoma risk
By 65, Caucasian men are reportedly twice as likely as women to get melanoma. And not only are they more likely to develop melanoma, but also they often have a more aggressive form of the disease, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
“Melanoma is often believed to be ‘just another skin cancer,’” says Dr. Svetomir Markovic, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic not involved with the report. “Unfortunately, this is not true.”
Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin — the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma also can form in your eyes and, rarely, in internal organs, such as your intestines.
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