This brief is about a comparison of melanoma incidence rates between white active-duty military members and the general population in the U.S. In policy and practice, health practitioners should promote skin cancer screenings for active duty service members, older personnel, and veterans; the DoD should look to prevent exposure to melanoma risk factors, such as retiring equipment containing harmful PCBs and providing protective clothing and sunscreen for military personnel who are at risk for developing melanoma. Suggestions for future research include analyzing the increase in melanoma incidence rates among younger male military personnel, analyzing the varying risk factors among the military branches, and analyzing the effects of sun exposure and chemicals that are related to the development of melanoma.
Zhou, J., Enewold, L., Zahm, S. H., Devesa, S. S., Anderson, W. F., Potter, J. F., McGlynn, K. A., & Zhu, K. (2011). Melanoma incidence rates among whites in the U.S. military. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 20(2), 318–323. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-0869
Gender and Sexuality | Medicine and Health | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Health issues, Melanoma, Military personnel, Active-duty military personnel, Health issues, whites
Melanoma; Soldiers; Whites
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Melanoma Incidence Rates Among Whites in the U.S. Military"" (2014). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 303.
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