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Does the sun play a role in the aetiology of malignant melanoma?

C Isaacs, M Ramsay

Abstract




The role of the sun in the aetiology of malignant melanoma is
controversial.
In 1992 Schuster1 wrote provocatively, ‘Despite the lack of
evidence of a causal link between sun exposure and melanoma,
fear has been used shamelessly to frighten people out of the sun
and into pigmented lesion clinics.' He claimed that the main
reason for the supposed increase in incidence of melanoma
was that many lesions, previously regarded as benign, were
being classified as malignant, and that melanomas were being
invented not found.

South African Medical Journal Vol. 97 (8) 2007: pp. 568-571



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