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Skin Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate

April 27th, 2018 • Posted by Lupe Guthrie • Permalink

While it seems logical that people who live in sunny, warm states – like Florida, California, or Texas – would have the highest incidence of skin cancer, the facts prove otherwise. The Centers for Disease Control reports that those who live in Utah, Delaware, Vermont, Minnesota, and Idaho have some of the highest rates of skin cancer. Why? It is most likely because they have only occasional exposure to the sun, leaving them at greater risk of sunburn – even during the cold, winter months – which predisposes them to various forms of skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common form of skin cancer, regardless of where individuals reside. An estimated 3 million people are diagnosed with NMSC annually, according to research published in the Journal of American Medical Association Dermatology. The incidence of the two most common types of NMSC, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC), have increased significantly over the last two decades. A study published by the Mayo Clinic in June 2017 found that diagnoses of SCC grew by 263 percent and BCC by 145 percent between 2000 and 2010.

 

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