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Washington state ranks among the top ten states for skin cancer

RICHLAND, Wash. - With summer right around the corner, many will be spending a lot more time outdoors.

Washington state ranks among the top ten states for skin cancer.

The Puget Sound area rates the highest in the area, with rates increasing about 2% percent each year since 2000.

While Puget Sound is often overcast and the temperatures are mild, the sun's UV rays can still pass through clouds and reflect off the water.

Sand and snow also increase exposure to ultraviolent radiation.

Tri-City Cancer Center officials suggested a few things to keep in mind before you head into the heat.

"Professionals recommend that you avoid the sun, or being outdoors without protection between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are going to be out please put on some sunscreen," Tri-City Cancer Center Clinical Services Project Coordinator, Joan Stewart said.

It's also important to reapply every two hours, and get annual screenings to be proactive in your approach.


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