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Sunnier European countries have lower melanoma mortality


  • Conflict of interest: none declared.

Dr Nick J. Levell, Department of Dermatology, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY, 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.