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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Linked!: Tanning & Melanoma

It's nothing that we haven't already heard of, but perhaps a little reminder...

Skin cancer is on the rise... According to the World Health Organization, 1 in every 3 cancers diagnosed is a form of skin cancer. As the article states, "Melanoma is the second most frequently reported cancer in women in their 20s, and it's third only to breast and thyroid cancers for women in their 30s". Melanoma, as you may know, is the most fatal type of skin cancer out there. However, it is totally preventable if we take the right precautions (sunscreen with a a MINIMUM SPF of 15, hats, sunglasses, etc.). Most days, your local weather network will have information on their website in regards to UV exposure at certain times throughout the day. USE THIS! A tan is NOT worth your LIFE!

I've posted a couple of links that may be of interest. Two are from the World Health Organization, and provide a good, basic outline of UV exposure, tanning beds, etc.

The other is an article I came by about a woman that was diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 22. She passed away at the age of 26... SERIOUS wake-up call people!



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