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Posted: Sunday, 14 July 2013 6:08PM

Kan. Has Higher Than Average Skin Cancer Rate



     HUTCHINSON, Kan. - As a state with a large number of outdoor workers, Kansas has a problem with skin cancer.
 
     The Hutchinson News (http://is.gd/towt3j) reports that a 2009 study by the Center for Disease Control shows that more than a million people in the United States have been diagnosed with skin cancer. That makes it the most common cancer.
 
     Kansas has 9 percent more new melanoma cases than the national average. About 80 Kansans die from skin cancer every year.
 
     Bill Heer has had several suspicious spots removed from his arms, including a few that were pre-melanoma skin cancer. The former head agronomist at Kansas State's South-Central Kansas Research Field recalls burning often while growing up on a farm in the 1950s and 1960s.
 
     Experts say those early burns put people at risk.

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