High Risk of Skin Cancer in Military Personnel

Recent research suggests that military personnel are at higher risk of skin cancer compared to the general population. Research from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine shows that while 77 percent of military personnel reported prolonged exposure to sunlight, only 27 percent had regular access to sunscreen. Allan Harrington, MD, from the Skin Cancer Foundation says. “Since sun exposure causes the vast majority of skin cancer cases, it’s imperative for our men and women in uniform to be armed with the tools they need to practice proper sun protection.”