Malignant Melanoma Risk in Marathon Runners - Warning for Rowers?

A recent article in the Archives of Dermatology reports an observed increased risk of malignant melanoma in marathon runners. It was felt that long periods in the sun, possible immuno-suppression from intense exercise, and that fact that just half the runners observed regularily used sunscreen were causal factors.

This should serve as warning to rowers who spend at least as much time on the water, and in my experience, are not great at lathering on the sunscreen.

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