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Fighting Preventable Cancers: Texas Oncology Encourages a Healthy Summer Lifestyle
Date:5/27/2009

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Save Your Skin! While enjoying outdoor activities this summer, take sun-protection measures.

Many favorite summer activities, like tubing the Guadalupe River, reading books on the beach in South Padre, and trips to amusement parks, involve being outdoors in the sun, but Texas Oncology wants Texans to outsmart the sun's harmful rays. Texas ranked third in the nation for reported incidences of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, last year, and experts estimate one in three Texans will develop skin cancer in the course of his or her lifetime. While skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, it is also very preventable by limiting exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Everyone, regardless of skin color, may develop skin cancer, though people with fair skin or who are outdoors frequently are at higher risk. Parents should also remember that even children need protection at a young age from the sun. Avoiding sun exposure when possible and taking precautions, such as using sunscreen and covering up the skin, go a long way in preventing skin cancer. For more tips on sun safety, click here.

By enjoying physical activity in the clear, warm weather; taking advantage of summer's nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables; using summer's slower pace to get recommended cancer screenings; and exercising sun safety habits, Texans can emerge from the season with reinforced health defenses in place.

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