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is there any study or scientific research that Texas being more sunny/hot/warm has more chance of skin disease compared to other parts of USA?
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by:25112
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I am interested to know if the above (that is going on around) is a myth or any facts to it?
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According to the CDC, the opposite is true about Texas...

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/state.htm

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good point.  so more sun(more uv) = more cancer (or problems) equation is just not true or accurate, right?
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by:deighton
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in somewhere like the UK, people are not used to much sun, so if it is sunny or the person visits a sunny country, they often forget to take sun precautions and get burnt.  In a constantly sunny region, light skinned people are probably more in the habit of wearing sun-block etc.

That is an alternative theory, raw statistics can often mislead.
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by:Rogiee
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I don't think it has to do with the temperature, per se.  It was to do with how people handle the sun.  Perhaps people in Texas are more aware of the sun since it is so hot and wear more sunblock, stay out of the sun, etc.
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>>in somewhere like the UK, people are not used to much sun, so if it is sunny or the person visits a sunny country, they often forget to take sun precautions and get burnt.  In a constantly sunny region, light skinned people are probably more in the habit of wearing sun-block etc.
Are you referring that people living further away from equator have more issues and vice versa

>>That is an alternative theory, raw statistics can often mislead.
can you explain what you mean? Are you suggesting CDC statistics could mislead
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by:deighton
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I think the problem is fair-skinned people from temperate zones receiving excessive UV due to holdays or sun-bed use.  

I believe skin cancer is rare in dark skinned people, but in some countries with high sun, many people are dark skinned.

To be honest, I don't really know the answer one way or the other.
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by:25112
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>>To be honest, I don't really know the answer one way or the other.
no problem.. thanks for your candid feedback..

>>I believe skin cancer is rare in dark skinned people
is that established in studies etc?
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>>is skin cancer is rare in dark skinned people

so I've read in articles, but I've never seen any actual statistics.
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If you do a search on Google Scholar for sunburn skin cancer, you will find lots of actual research that sunburns contribute to melanoma (skin cancer).
Summary of findings:
Having multiple sunburns per year increases your risk of skin cancer by double or more.
The effect is cumulative (sunburns as a child increase risk of skin cancer later)

Moderate sun exposure reduces risk of skin cancer (presumably because it reduces effects of burns)
New research shows that some sunblocks can inhibit Vitamin D thus increasing the risk of some cancers.
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good info- thanks all.
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