Did you know that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America and that according to the University of Arizona, our state has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world? The American Cancer Society estimates that Arizona will have approximately 1,400 new cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in 2013. Studies show that one “blistering” sunburn in childhood more than doubles the chance of developing melanoma later in life. Sunburns are caused by dangerous ultraviolet or UV rays from the sun. According to the U of A SASS program, on an average day in Southern Arizona, the UV index is extreme (11+).
U of A Students are Sun Safe Program
The U of A Skin Cancer Institute recommends this easy way to remember how to protect you and
American Academy of Dermatology
LEARN MORE ABOUT PREVENTING SKIN CANCER
While it is very unusual for children to be diagnosed with skin cancer, blistering sun burns in childhood have been shown to significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer as an adult.
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