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October 3, 2019

Reducing Head and Neck UV Exposure in Younger Persons—Millennials, Wear a Hat (or Grow Your Hair Longer)

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  • 1Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(11):1072-1073. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.2778

In this issue of JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Bray and colleagues1 shine a light on the increasing incidence of head and neck melanoma among pediatric and young adult patients (defined as ages 0-39 years). By using a large North American cancer epidemiological database that included 26 US states and 6 Canadian provinces, the authors found that the incidence of head and neck melanoma among pediatric and young adult patients increased by 51% over the 20-year period between 1995 and 2014.

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