Increasing incidence of skin cancer among the U.S. military – Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-05-24 23:18:35 –

Tampa, FloridaWFTS)-May is Military Appreciation Month and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, raising awareness among doctors about the major issues they say are growing concerns about the US military.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men and women in the military are 60% more likely to develop skin cancer.

“I’m not shocked by it. We spend a lot of time in the sun,” said Marine Corps veteran Roy Breitenbach.

Breitenbach is in his 80s. He has basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma and has been fighting skin cancer for 15 years.

“It’s the result of being in the sun, and at the time there was no such thing as sunscreen. We were just in the sun,” he said.

Dermatologists said veterans around Roy’s age were one of the main reasons for being diagnosed with skin cancer.

“People are exposed to the sun for long periods of time and develop skin cancer years later,” said Dr. Seth Forman.

He owns a Forecare Medical Center. About 10 of his patients are veterans. He said the disease also affected men and women in the military.

Most skin cancer patients undergo several different treatments and surgeries, and sometimes the cancer comes back.

“There are patients in their 60s and 70s who have had 10 to 20 skin cancer surgeries, and they are fed up with it,” said Dr. Forman.

This story was originally reported by JJ Burton on ABCActionNews.com.

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