Sun, Fun… and Melanoma in Marin
I like to listen to NPR on the way to and from the office, and I’m a proud supporter of KQED. Most of the time, the news is interesting but not immediately relevant to my work. But about a week ago, I heard a news brief about melanoma in the Bay Area (the press release can be found here: http://www.cpic.org/print/news-media/press-releases/2014/july-23-marin-melanoma-rates.aspx). Specifically, the report detailed a high and rising incidence of malignant melanoma among residents of Marin county. In fact, the incidence was 43% higher than in other Bay Area communities. And the burden in male patients was particularly high – second only to prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men nationwide.