Skin Cancer; What Coloradans Need to Know
Living in Colorado can present some specific risks for skin cancer. Here's what you need to know to stay safe and still have fun in the sun. Here in Colorado, we love spending time outside — and the longer you're in the sun, the more damage it can do, says Dr. Chandler Rundle, a research fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "Just minutes of sun exposure can do a significant amount of damage to skin," Rundle says. It's helpful to have a basic knowledge of the different types of skin cancer, so you can stay on top of signs that a mole or skin growth might be something to talk to your doctor about. The Skin Cancer Foundation (www.skincancer.org) provides guidance on what you need to know about the different kinds of cancers, how to spot them, and what your dermatologist will do if you're diagnosed. If you're skimping on self-skin checks, here's a statistic that might inspire you to make it a priority: Up to 57 percent of melanomas are detected by patients.
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