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January 2017 - Melanoma 2nd Most Common Form of Cancer Among Teens and Young Adults

  • 240 Montanans are diagnosed with Melanoma yearly, which is the 2nd most common form of cancer among teens and young adults (age 15 to 39).
  • 65%-to-90% of melanomas are caused by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, such as from indoor tanning. Beginning indoor tanning at an early age is especially dangerous, yet 1-in-5 high school girls in Montana reported indoor tanning in the past year.
  • To prevent Melanoma and other skin cancers, never use indoor tanning devices and protect your skin from excessive sun exposure − even in cold or cloudy weather.