One Reason to Get Skin Cancer

We've all been warned about skin cancer, how melanoma is rapidly increasing as our earth warms and the ozone gets stripped away.  But now we may want to get it.  A study has found that people with skin cancer are less likely to get Alzheimer's, though not those with melanoma.

True, the study participants were 79 years old.  But people who had skin cancer were 80% less likely to develop this dreaded dementia. In the study, only 2 of the 141 participants was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

One of the study's authors puts it down to outside activity.  "“Physical activity is known to protect against dementia, and outdoor activity could increase exposure to UV radiation, which increases the risk of skin cancer," Richard B. Lipton, MD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, told  It could also be from Vitamin D, which we get from the sun and being outdoors.

But don't stop wearing sunscreen and protecting yourself from the sun.  Melanoma, a deadly skin cancer, will be diagnosed in over 75,000 people in the U.S. this year and 10,000 will die. Caucasians have a 1 in 50 chance of getting it, while it is 20 times more common in African Americans. Non-melanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed in 2,000,000 people this year.

The incidence of melanoma has been rising steadily for 30 years.


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