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Sexual Orientation and risk of Skin Cancer

Published on February 26, 2020

A recent study looked at the prevalence of skin cancer in 845 264 participants and the relative risk of skin cancer based on sexual orientation. They found that gay and bisexual men had a higher prevalence of skin cancer compared to heterosexual men. The reasons are not elucidated by this study but could be related to increase use of sun and artificial tanning. However the authors do suggest that the finds should encourage increased patient education and community outreach initiatives focused on reducing skin cancer risk behaviors among gay and bisexual men. 

Article Citation

JAMA Dermatology
Association Between Sexual Orientation and Lifetime Prevalence of Skin Cancer in the United States
JAMA Dermatol 2020 Feb 12;[EPub Ahead of Print], S Singer, E Tkachenko, RI Hartman, A Mostaghimi

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