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Marin County melanoma risk 60 percent higher than state total
San Francisco Chronicle

For decades Marin County has been considered a hot spot for breast cancer. Now its residents have melanoma to worry about.

The rate of melanoma diagnoses in Marin County – an affluent community with a relatively high number of people with light skin – is 43 percent higher than in other Bay Area counties among white people and 60 percent higher than in the state as a whole, according to a study released Wednesday.

Scientists have long been trying to determine why the county has higher-than-average rates of breast cancer, and the new findings could put melanoma under the same level of scrutiny.