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Wednesday, June 25 2014, 06:44 PM MDT
Importance of sunscreen protection
(KUTV) Garrett Harding is the outreach coordinator at Huntsman Cancer Institute is here with some facts on why it is so important for all Utahns to wear sunscreen.

Key Points
-Utah has the highest incidence rate of melanoma than all 50 states.
-To protect yourself from ultraviolet (UV) radiation seek shade especially during mid-day hours, wear clothing to protect exposed skin, wear a hat with a wide brim to shade face, head, ears, and neck, wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays, use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, reapply every two hours, and avoid indoor tanning.
-80% of skin damage occurs before 18 years of age.

-The rate of Utah melanoma incidence per 100,000 population, 2006-2010: 33.4 per 100,000, is significantly higher than the U.S. rate of 18.6. (SEER)

Risk Factors
-Lighter natural skin color, personal history of skin cancer, family history of skin cancer, skin that  burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun, blue or green eyes, blonde or red hair, certain types and a large number of moles.
-Controllable Risk Factors: Exposure to the sun through work and play, a history of sunburns earlier in life, and a history of indoor tanning.

-Look for changes in moles (change in their shape, border, color, diameter, evolution).

Screening Services
-As part of a yearly physical exam, receive a full body skin exam. A melanoma found early=100% cure rate; a melanoma that has spread=less than 50% cure rate.

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group.)Importance of sunscreen protection

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