Cancer risk for runners

Marathon runners may have an increased risk of skin cancer, according to Austrian study findings.

Researchers examined 210 marathon runners aged 19–71 and a group of 210 controls for early signs of skin cancer. They found the marathon runners had more moles and pigmented lesions on their skin than the control group, indicating a greater risk for malignant melanoma. These skin features were most common in runners with intensive training regimens, possibly due to the greater UV radiation exposure (Arch Dermatol 2006; 142: 1,471–4).

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