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Air Date: May 13, 1997
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May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection Month (part II)
Living in Hawai'i can be hazardous to your health, especially if you're getting too much sun. May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection Month. Melanoma is one of the fastest growing forms of cancer in the United States, with Hawai'i at the top of the list.
So what can you do to prevent skin cancer? The Hawai'i Skin Cancer Coalition, consisting of several entities including UH's Cancer Research of Hawai'i, has some tips: The best way is to avoid the sun, especially between 10 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. When you are out in the sun, cover up. Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts, UV protective sunglasses and pants. Always use a sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. Beware of cloudy days; you can still get burned. Don't use sunlamps, tanning parlors or tanning pills. They can be just as harmful as the sun.
The University Report, I'm Tracy Orillo Donovan.