You may know a lot of about the risks associated with UV exposure, but what about those around you? Well, if you’re in Hartford, Connecticut, Salt Lake City, Utah, or Denver, Colorado, you’re surrounded by a sun-smart community. If you live in Cleveland, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, however, there’s a lot of learning to be done.
The American Academy of Dermatology polled thousands of people across the county to determine which areas are the most skin-cancer-aware, finding that Hartford, Salt Lake City and Denver scored well above average on true-false statements such as “Some UV rays are safe for skin” and “I look healthier with a tan.” Pittsburgh, Chicago and Cleveland scored well below average.
“One common thread we found encouraging is that the majority of people polled expressed concern about skin cancer and had awareness of the importance of proper sun protection,” said AAD president William D. James, MD, FAAD. “However, we found that people’s behaviors did not always correlate with their concerns.”
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