2006-11-20 Marathon Runners Have Higher Skin Cancer Risk


Marathon runners can be proud of their stamina, but all that time outdoors boosts their risk of skin cancer, including the potentially deadly malignant melanoma, according to a study in the Archives of Dermatology.

"We are the first to report this," researcher Christina M. Ambros-Rudolph, MD, tells WebMD in an email interview.

Ambros-Rudolph is a consultant dermatologist at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.(Read entire article)

2006-11-22 Marathon runners face higher skin cancer risk


Marathon runners have higher chances of developing melanoma, a skin cancer, than non-runners do, a report published in the November issue of Archives of Dermatology said.

    Austrian researchers from the Medical University of Graz conducted the study and found that a noticeable number of their melanoma patients were ultra-marathon runners.

 They pointed out the main reason is that during training and competition, marathon runners are exposed to high levels of ultraviolet radiation, the most important environmental risk factor for melanoma. (Read entire article)