Gay men more likely to develop skin cancer, study says

According to an American Academy of Dermatology study, gay as well as bisexual men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer than straight men.

The study proposes that the doubled statistic is due to the fact that the high-risk group is more likely to partake in artificial tanning. This correlation, however, is not certain.

Research was conducted with information from 2001 to 2009 and analyzed Californian residents. When this data was compared to a national survey from 2013, the results were the same.

Dr. Sarah Arron, one of the researchers, states that future studies will look at sunscreen usage and time in the sun as possible risk factors.

The results of these findings were presented today at the academy’s San Francisco meeting.

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