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Skin Cancer Prevention and Staying Safe in the Sun

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(Hawaii News Now) - May is National Skin Cancer Month, so it is a great time to talk about skin cancer and its prevention. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and regrettably, in the U.S., one  person dies each hour from melanoma, the most deadliest form of skin cancer. Of the seven most common cancers in the U.S., melanoma is the only one whose incidence is increasing.  In Hawaii we have 6-7000 cases of skin cancer reported each year.

More than 90% of  skin cancer is causes by excessive exposure to the sun.  A person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.   Regardless of skin color and type- no one is immune to skin cancer!

The good news is, is that Skin Cancer is one of the more preventable forms of cancer, and the better news is that today, we have John O'Malley here from Planet Sun, an Oahu based sun care company, to talk about cancer prevention and sun-safe practices and products.

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