August 19, 2015
Veterans Of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars May Face Higher Risk For Skin Cancer, Study Suggests.
HealthDay (8/15, Preidt) reported that research suggests that “U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are at increased risk for skin cancer” due to “long hours spent in the desert sun.” Investigators looked at data on more than 200 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The researchers found that “seventy-seven percent of the veterans spent four or more hours a day in bright sunlight, and 63 percent had at least one sunburn during deployment.”
Additionally, the investigators “found that spending more than six hours a day in the sun was associated with lower availability of sun protection gear, such as sunscreen, shade structures, hats and sunglasses.” The findings were published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Cancer Therapy Advisor (8/17) reports that just “23 percent of veterans reported being made very aware of skin cancer risks by the U.S. military.”