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July 11, 2012Midwest

Skin Cancer Up

The Midwest has just finished the hottest week in the last 19 years with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees for days.

The risk of sunburn and skin cancer may be greater now that the heat wave has broken. Day after day, it’s been sunny and hot across the Midwest, increasing the risk of sunburn and skin cancer in years to come. Now that the heat wave has broken, it worries the Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society spokesperson Chuck Reed.

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Reed says the more exposure, the greater risk of developing skin cancer. So, now when it’s not as oppressively hot is when protections are needed the most. The C-D-C says more than 3 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer every year, and just one sunburn doubles the risk of skin cancer down the road.

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He says using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, putting a hat on, wearing sunglasses and avoiding peak hours will all help avoid dangerous burns and potentially fatal skin cancers.