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Skin Cancer

Young people unaware of skin cancer danger

Young people unaware of skin cancer danger

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and as residents of South Florida most of us know the importance of sunscreen and its repeated application, along with the proper SPF. But I find that younger people just do not seem to understand it. And, unfortunately, the statistics bear out what I find in my medical practice. A recent May clinic study highlighted that melanoma rates in young women are eight times higher now that they were 40 years ago. In the same Mayo study, the melanoma rates for young men were four times higher during the same period. Skin cancer is now the world's most-common cancer. In 2014, the surgeon general issued a "call to action" report identifying skin...