Sunburn and Malignant-Melanoma

Green, A, Siskind, V, Bain, C and Alexander, J (1985) Sunburn and Malignant-Melanoma. British Journal of Cancer, 51 3: 393-397. doi:10.1038/bjc.1985.53

Author Green, A
Siskind, V
Bain, C
Alexander, J
Title Sunburn and Malignant-Melanoma
Journal name British Journal of Cancer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0920
Publication date 1985-01-01
Year available 1985
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/bjc.1985.53
Open Access Status
Volume 51
Issue 3
Start page 393
End page 397
Total pages 5
Place of publication EDINBURGH
Language eng
Subject 2730 Oncology
1306 Cancer Research
Abstract We investigated the relationship between cutaneous malignant melanoma and multiple sunburns in the Queensland population. Interview data were gathered from 236 case-control pairs concerning their lifetime experience of severe sunburns, their occupational and recreational sun exposure, and their skin type. Excluding the lentigo maligna melanoma subtype, an association between multiple sunburns and melanoma was evident. After controlling for other major risk factors there was a significant dose-response relationship (P < 0.05): the estimated relative risk associated with 2-5 sunburns in life was 1.5, and with 6 or more was 2.4. This observation extends the hitherto circumstantial evidence of a causal relationship between exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation and melanoma, and suggests that precautionary measures could prevent the development of this disease in a proportion of cases in fair-skinned populations.
Keyword Oncology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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