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Skin Cancer: Module 14
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Question: Where on the body do melanomas most often occur in women? In men? How have these patterns changed over time? Use what you know about causes of melanoma to explain these differences.

Answer: The data show that men are more likely than women to have melanomas on the trunk. Women are more likely to have melanoma on the lower leg. This difference probably comes from men and women tending to sun different parts of their bodies. However, from 1973-1994 the largest increases in incidence by site for both men and women were for the trunk. So, men's and women's sun exposure patterns may be becoming more alike. This is probably because of changes in culture.

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