Climate Change and Skin Cancer

Now that I am deeper into the world of skin cancer, the activist in me cannot help but research the linkage between climate change and skin cancer.

Here is what I have found so far.

An article on NBC Washing, April 22, 2019:

Changing Climate May Contribute to Increase in Skin Cancer

The World Health Organization predicts a 10% increase in skin cancer incidence among the U.S. population by 2050

“Scientists expect the combined effect of recent stratospheric ozone depletion and its continuation over the next 1-2 decades to be (via the cumulation of additional UVB exposure), an increase in skin cancer incidence in fair-skinned populations living at mid to high latitudes (3). The modelling of future ozone levels and UVR exposures study has estimated that, in consequence, a ‘European’ population living at around 45 degrees North will experience, by 2050, an approximate 5% excess of total skin cancer incidence (assuming, conservatively, no change in age distribution). The equivalent estimation for the US population is for a 10% increase in skin cancer incidence by around 2050.”

https://www.who.int/globalchange/climate/summary/en/index7.html

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