CDC: U.S. Melanoma Rates Are Soaring
Time to sit in the shade. The CDC reports that deadly skin cancer rates have doubled in the past three decades, skyrocketing to 22 cases per 100,000 people in 2011, when 65,000 Americans were diagnosed. Some of the hike is due to greater awareness and detection, but experts say 20 percent of melanomas could be prevented by wearing hats, protective clothing and broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. If sun-worshippers don’t wise up, the rate is expected to double again by 2030.