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Cancer of the skin is the world's most common malignancy. One person dies of melanoma every hour. More than one million new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Nearly half of all new cancers are skin cancer.
UV radiation comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sun lamps. It seems to be the cause of all three common skin cancers – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. The most serious type is melanoma because it can spread to other organs. ▪
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage people to avoid use of tanning beds and sun lamps but according to industry estimates, 28 million Americans are tanning indoors annually at about 25,000 tanning salons.
American Academy of Dermatology, FDA, American Cancer Society, The Skin Cancer Foundation, Cancer Research & Prevention Foundation, and Washington and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals. The Fact Sheet of the Month is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.