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Mayo Clinic study finds increase in skin cancer among middle-aged adults

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A new Mayo Clinic study found a dramatic rise in skin cancer among middle-aged men and women.

A study published in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings says the overall incidence of skin cancer increased nearly eightfold between 1970 and 2009 in adults aged 40 to 60 years old.

"The most striking finding was among women in that age group," said dermatologist Jerry Brewer, M.D., principal investigator of the study. "Women between 40 and 50 showed the highest rates of increase we've seen in any group so far."

Dr. Brewer's team conducted a population-based study using records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project.

The National Institutes of Health provided funding for the study.

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