In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier looks at a study that says that some middle schoolers are showing signs of UV exposure that could lead to melanoma later in life.
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Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Denver found that middle schoolers already showed evidence of UV exposure that could raise their risk for melanoma later in life.
The team analyzed 585 boys and girls who were born in 1998, and were 11 or 12 at the study's start. They used UV photography to unveil hidden signs of sun damage such as dark spots and freckling that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Boys and girls who had light-colored skin, blue eyes, red hair, and/or freckles did indeed show more skin damage on the UV photographs than those who did not.
For the first time, researchers confirmed that these UV photographs actually correlate with skin cancer risk later in life. These UV photos aren’t a pretty picture and researchers hope they will get kids to think about sun safety in a more serious way.
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