Experts at the Medical University of Graz warned that the long distance runners are more likely of developing moles and spots on their body, which are sometimes directly linked to an increased risk of skin cancer.
The scientists outlined that long-time exposure to ultra-violet rays might be responsible for the high risk of having malignant melanoma (skin cancer).
Considering the findings of the research, scientists warned athletes over the necessity of using screen lotions and adequate equipment. It was shown that only 56 percent of marathon runners are using sun protection when they participate in competitions or train.
Moreover, the research indicated that more than 80 percent of the runners questioned are using inappropriate equipment that exposes skin to ultra-violet rays.
The study also suggested that the increased physical effort might affect the athletes' immune system and raise the risk of skin caner.
The findings were published in the latest issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.
The study included 210 marathon runners aged 19 to 71.
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