Letters Sun and melanoma

Use your head and put a hat on it

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1131 (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1131
  1. Marc D Moncrieff, consultant plastic surgeon1,
  2. Jennifer Garioch, chairperson and dermatologist2
  1. 1Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich. NR4 7UY
  2. 2Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Team, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation NHS Trust
  1. marc{at}moncrieff.net

    There is very good epidemiological evidence that melanoma is related to UV exposure that Shuster has not cited.1 Marks has shown that the public health campaign in Australia has shown not only a decrease in the incidence of melanoma but also an increase in the detection of early, treatable lesions.2 Despite this positive progress, Queensland, a tropical region, has the dubious honour of having the world’s highest incidence of melanoma. Is it Shuster’s assertion that the white Anglo-Saxon and Celtic majority living in this area somehow have inherited genetically unstable melanocytes? Alternatively, is it …

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