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The scorching truth about skin cancer

For Immediate Release:  2018-05-07

Contact:  Peter Kates 716-857-4485 or Kandis R Fuller, APR 716-857-4410

With Memorial Day approaching and the summer season ramping up, it is important to remember that spending time in the sun means protecting your skin from its harmful rays.

Skin cancer prevention is becoming increasingly important; rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer have increased by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men in the U.S. in the last 40 years, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

“Skin cancer doesn’t only affect older people,” said Richard Vienne, D.O., vice president and chief medical officer at Univera Healthcare. “Teenagers and young adults are at risk and need to take prevention seriously.”

More than five sunburns can double a person’s risk for melanoma. Yet, more than one-third of U.S. adults reported a sunburn in the previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, but only applying sunscreen during a barbeque or beach day is not enough. Other precautions need to be taken as well.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

· Using a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 15 or higher.
· Wearing UVA/UVB protective sunglasses and protecting your face with wide-brimmed hats.
· Staying in the shade, especially midday.
· Avoiding indoor tanning.

For more information, view a Univera Healthcare infographic at http://tiny.cc/7k0ety .

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