KUER Local News
2:17 pm
Mon June 27, 2005

Utah Fourth Highest in Melanoma Rate

Salt Lake City, UT – According to state public health officials, Utah has the fourth highest rate of melanoma in the nation. It is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma is increasing by 3 percent a year, faster than any other cancer in the U-S. Skin cancer alone accounts for half of all cancers. If not detected and treated early, melanoma can kill. But even those who survive often live out their lives deeply affected and permanently disfigured. It is a quietly growing epidemic afflicting our region.