Skin cancer drop in Northeast bucks rising rates elsewhere
A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states bucks a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention programs, a study suggests.
In the years included in the study, the Melanoma Foundation of New England became more active with programs to prevent skin cancer, the researchers noted.
Two years ago, the group started a program that funds sunscreen dispensers in public places and recreation spots in Boston and other New England cities. That effort expanded this year to other states.
“Such programs may enhance public awareness about skin cancer and may suppress the continual rise in melanoma,” the researchers said.
Nationally, melanoma cases have increased steadily over the past two decades.