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Skin cancer on the rise

Various sunscreen products are seen  Wednesday. Long-awaited FDA labeling rule changes are coming later this year.  (Associated Press)
Various sunscreen products are seen Wednesday. Long-awaited FDA labeling rule changes are coming later this year. (Associated Press)

ATLANTA – The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don’t seem to be getting through.

Half of U.S. adults under 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year – about the same as a decade ago, according to a government survey released Thursday. In fact, the modest progress reported five years ago has been wiped out.

Not only that, but women in their 20s are going to tanning salons almost twice a month on average.

“I don’t know that we’re making any headway,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, the American Cancer Society’s deputy chief medical officer. More here.

How vigilant are you about using sunscreen?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.








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