More People Diagnosed With Skin Cancer Compared to Other Forms

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STATELINE (WIFR) – We may want to be more careful to wear sunscreen while we’re at cookouts and other summer events.

According to the American Cancer Society, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined, including breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

Skin cancer comes from too much sun exposure or UV radiation from tanning beds. Some symptoms can include spots of discoloration, or bumps under the skin. Dr. William Schulz with SwedishAmerican says it’s important for people to wear hats and sunscreen while outside and skip the tanning salon.

“Being outside having sunburns, you know over half of adults every year are going to say they had a bad sunburn in the last year and we know that the more sunburns somebody had, especially someone who has fair skin has a higher chance of getting skin cancer,” said Dr. Schulz.

Dr. Schulz says more serious forms of skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body, however he says if its caught early enough it can be treated by removing the cancerous bump.

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