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November 10, 2013

IBD & Increased Risk of Melanoma

By Brent Westra

Note: This post was originally published on Mayo Clinic's Advancing the Science blog on June 19, 2013

Siddharth Singh, M.B.B.S.,  a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD, discusses the patient takeaways from a Mayo Clinic study presented at the Digestive Disease Week 2013 conference that found patients with IBD are at higher risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

Among the most important takeaways for patients:

  • Be sure to see your doctor for an annual skin exam
  • Wear long sleeves, hats, and sunglasses to minimize sun exposure
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
  • Avoid tanning beds

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 76,690 news cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2013. Furthermore, though melanoma accounts for less than 5% of skin cancer cases, it causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.

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Tags: DDW, melanoma, Siddharth Singh, Study Findings

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