Marathon runners at higher risk for skin cancer

A new study by researchers in Austria has found a link between marathon runners and an increased risk for skin cancer. The study included 410 participants, half marathon runners and half people who worked out at a recreation center. 24 of the marathoners were referred for treatment or surgery of abnormal skin lesions, while only 14 of the “indoor” group were referred. And there was even a higher percentage of referrals from the subgroup of marathon runners that trained more vigorously (more than 43 miles a week).

Some good news is that of the abnormal skin lesions found none appeared to be the less common but more deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. Preliminary screenings indicated they were all the more frequently seen non-melanoma cancers.

Whether you’re a marathon runner or not, anybody who exercises outdoors should take this to be yet another reminder of just how important it is to respect the sun’s rays by using sunscreen, wearing sun-sheilding fabrics, and working out when the sun isn’t at it’s highest and strongest. Simple steps can make a big difference in this area!

Author by Rigel Gregg