Cutaneous melanoma and sunburns in childhood in a Southern European population

Roberto Zanetti, Silvia Franceschi, Stefano Rosso, Stefano Colonna, Ettore Bidoli

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A population-based case-control study of 260 patients (74 males and 186 females, mean age = 56) with cutaneous malignant melanoma and 416 controls (211 males and 205 females, mean age = 55) was conducted in Turin, north-west Italy, to examine the relation between timing of sunburns and sun exposure and melanoma risk within a southern European population, which is still relatively little investigated. Particularly elevated risk was associated with history of sunburns in childhood [odds ratio 5.9; 95% confidence interval (CI) 3.6-9.5], and such risk elevation persisted after allowance for other major melanoma risk covariates. Conversely, risk increase from history of severe sunburns lifelong was lower (odds ratio = 1.7; 95% CI: 1.1-2.4) and was eliminated by allowance fort ype of skin reaction to sun exposure and history of sunburns in childhood. A significant increase in the risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma was also associated with number of weeks spent on holiday at the beach not only as an adult, but also as a child.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172-1176
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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