The States with the Highest Melanoma Rates May Surprise You

Summer is right around the corner, which, for many, means an end to cold days and cabin fever and the start of outdoor activities in the warm sunshine.

It also means your skin may be exposed to the sun, increasing the risk of sunburns and skin damage from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing the disease during their lifetime.

Additionally, recent studies show that cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, have been increasing in both men and women.

Since UV rays, which come from the sun, are linked to skin cancer, you may think that living in one of the southern regions of the U.S., such as Hawaii, would increase your risk for the disease, and you’d be partially correct. But most states with the highest skin cancer rates might surprise you.

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