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.
- Does where you live affect your risk for skin cancer?
- Study investigated melanoma rates by state
- Skin cancer facts and figures
- Does UV light cause skin cancer?
- Additional skin cancer risks
- Reducing you skin cancer risk
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Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is now City of Hope®. To expand patient access to personalized, leading-edge cancer care, City of Hope® acquired Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) last year, uniting our shared vision, values and commitment to high-quality, compassionate care that puts patients first. Today, we aren’t just part of City of Hope; we are City of Hope