Health More than skin deep

More than skin deep

Do we need any more reasons to avoid dangerous exposure to the sun?

Not really. But researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast have lived up to their name by discovering one.

It seems people who have survived melanoma face increased risk of other cancers.

The study of nearly 40,000 Queensland survivors of ‘in situ’ melanoma, in which affected tissue is localised and can be surgically removed, found that 4,823 survivors developed another primary cancer (excluding invasive melanoma).

Lead researcher Michael Kimlin says it’s not clear why but surviving melanoma could be a warning sign of further issues to come.

“Male in situ survivors, when compared to the regular population, have a significantly increased risk of prostate cancer,” he says.

“And female survivors had an increased risk of lip and thyroid cancers and lymphoid leukaemia compared to the regular population.”

The findings could help improve longer-term outcomes of melanoma patients by encouraging earlier testing for other types of cancer.

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