• Skin Cancer

  • Learn the facts about skin cancer from the Centers for Disease Control.

    • In 2009, more than 1 million people were diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common of all cancers. 1-4 More people were diagnosed with skin cancer in 2009 than with breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. 2 About 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. 17
    • One American dies of melanoma almost every hour. 2
    • Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults (15-29 years old). 18
    • For people born in 2006, 1 in 53 will be diagnosed with melanoma 13 -nearly 30 times the rate for people born in 1930. 19
  • Skin Cancer Prevention: Action Steps

    • Do Not Burn. Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
    • Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds. UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.
    • Use Sunscreen. Generously apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply at least every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.
    • Cover Up. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with 99-100% UVA/UVB protection, when possible.
    • Seek Shade. Seek shade when the sun's UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Watch for the UV Index. Pay attention to the UV Index when planning outdoor activities to prevent overexposure to the sun.

    For more information read the entire Colorado Skin Cancer fact sheet from the EPA and the CDC.
    Visit the CDC's website for more information on Skin Cancer

    1-42 All references can be found on the SunWise Web site at: www.epa.gov/sunwise/statefacts.html

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