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Clin Exp Dermatol. 2011 Jul;36(5):544-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.2011.04024.x. Epub 2011 Mar 21.

Sunnier European countries have lower melanoma mortality.

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Department of Dermatology, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK.


Doubt has been cast on sunlight as the major causative factor for malignant melanoma. We performed statistical analysis of the average annual sunlight hours in 36 European capital cities compared with the country's melanoma mortality rate. A significant inverse proportionality was identified in both men and women, indicating that sun exposure is unlikely to be the strongest factor affecting mortality from malignant melanoma.

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