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Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan may have high skin cancer risk

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If you served in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may want to see a dermatologist to find out how often you should have a skin cancer exam.

Researchers have found that veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan often spent 4 or more hours a day in bright sunlight without sun protection. This increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

Skin cancer exams can find skin cancer early. Found early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

About the study

Serving in Middle East may raise skin cancer risk in U.S. vets

Academy resource:

  • Detect skin cancer
  • Includes tools to help you find a dermatologist and a free skin cancer screening.
  • Melanoma patients: Keep follow-up appointments

If you’ve had melanoma, you have a higher risk of developing another melanoma. This risk may be greatest for white men who are 60 years of age and older, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. For these patients, the risk was greatest during the first year after being diagnosed with melanoma.

Keeping all dermatology appointments and checking your skin can help you find melanoma early when it can often be cured.

About the study
Multiple primary melanomas most likely in first year after initial melanoma diagnosis

Academy resources:
Can you spot skin cancer?
Body mole map (PDF)
Includes areas for you to draw your spots and describe what they look like, so you can find changes.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Austin TX Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

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