More money, more skin cancer

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According to a new study published in the August edition of the peer-reviewed medical journal Archives of Dermatology, your wealth may be a risk factor for multiple basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

Ville Kiiski, MD and a team of Dutch researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam in the Netherlands have found that individuals "with higher socioeconomic status" and a "high educational level" are more likely to develop "multiple cancers and require closer follow-up."

"In contrast to developing a first lesion, high educational level was significantly positively associated with developing multiple lesions," noted Kiiski et al.

"This finding may be explained by the probability that people with higher levels of education (which correlates strongly with socioeconomic status) have different lifestyles (e.g., more frequent exposure to UV rays for intermittent periods)."

You may want to slather on green healthy sunscreen and don UV protective wear during all four seasons to protect your skin from UV rays and prevent a needless "burden on limited health care resources." BCC is the fifth "most expensive cancers to treat in the United States" and "mortality rates are extremely low."

The World Health Organization (WHO) says, "There is no such thing as a healthy tan!" If you are concerned with any spots on your body take a look at this skin cancer guide and talk to your dermatologist: http://www.skincancerguide.ca/basal/what_is_basal_cell_cancer.html

To stock up on healthy green sunscreen, moisturizers, lip balms and makeup take a look at the 4th annual Environmental Working Group's (EWG) 2010 Sunscreen Guide since only 8 percent of all the blocks on the market are effective and healthy: http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen/best-beach-sportsunscreens

Full study, "Risk Factors for Single and Multiple Basal Cell Carcinomas", was a population-based cohort study with two cohorts of 10 994 Dutch people, 55 years or older, studied in 1990 (first cohort) and 1999 (second cohort): http://bit.ly/99Vx77

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