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Skin Cancer Warning Issued

skin cancerEUGENE, Ore. — Oregonians might want to listen carefully to the U.S. surgeon general’s new warning about the dangers of skin cancer.

Nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer each year–that’s more than cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.

In Oregon, about 26 people out of every 100,000 gets skin cancer, six more than the national average. In Lane County, there are about 67 cases a year, making it the sixth highest in the state.

Local physicians say people need to know UV rays are bad for you too.

“Stay out of the sun and stay out of UV rays. And they used to just say UVA, but really UVA and UVB, and especially the type, you know, both are in tanning beds are definitely dangerous and can cause skin cancer,” said Dr. Kathryn Maxwell, PeaceHealth Internal Medicine.

The new recommendations call for everyone to minimize sun exposure, apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 very liberally and often, wear hats and get in the shade.

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