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Circle The SpotWoman looking in teh mirror and seeing sun spots.

The Montana Cancer Control Programs has launched the Circle the Spot Campaign to increase awareness on skin cancer, the dangers of exposure to UV rays, the risks associated with indoor tanning exposure.

Melanoma Skin Cancer in Montana

Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. There are three types of skin cancer: squamous cell, basal cell, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer and is the only type of skin cancer the state health department collects data on.

Melanoma incidence has increased in Montana; 240 Montanans are diagnosed with melanoma each year. 65% to 90% of melanomas are caused by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.

1 in 3 female 12th grade students in Montana report indoor tanning. 42% of younger women diagnosed with melanoma have melanoma in the trunk region of the body which suggests intermittent and intense UV light exposure like the exposure experienced when tanning.

Graph showing 1 in 4 12th grade females report indoor tanning in the last year.

Risk Factors for Melanoma

  • Exposure to sunlight through work and play
  • A history of burns, especially early in life
  • A history of indoor tanning
  • Lighter skin color
  • Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun



Be Sun A.W.A.R.E

Two girls in the shade smiling and being sun A W A R E (aware).

Avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight, seek shade, and never indoor tan.

Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses year-round.

Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sunburn protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin and report concerns to a healthcare provider.

Educate your family and community about the need to be Sun A.W.A.R.E.

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