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Prevent skin cancer when in the outdoors PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

You might consider yourself a healthy person if you exercise regularly, eat well-balanced meals and don't use tobacco. But are you doing enough to protect your body’s largest organ — the one that’s most susceptible to cancer? Simply put, how are you protecting your skin?

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types, with 2.2 million people treated for the disease each year in the United States. Many of those people have more than one skin cancer diagnosis.

Although skin cancer risk factors are present year-round, the dangers are greater during the long days of summer when you may spend more time in the sun. So remember your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses when enjoying the outdoors.

Since skin cancer is so prevalent, you likely know someone who has been affected. Maybe that someone is you.

Whatever your personal story and if you are participating in the Northwoods Relay For Life event this weekend in Eagle River, know that the donations you raised, in part, go toward educating people about skin cancer and teaching them how to protect themselves from excess exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Of course, with your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer — we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Sixty years ago, one out of three people diagnosed with cancer were alive five years after their diagnosis.

Today, thanks in part to your support and the work of the American Cancer Society, two out of three are alive five years later. Let’s make it three out of three.

Diane Hapka

American Cancer Society

Community relations director


Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:53 PM

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