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New Research Shows Which U.S. States Have the Highest and the Lowest Skin-Cancer Rates

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As an avid sunscreen user, my recent move from New York City to South Florida didn’t mean a major change in sun-protection habits. If I’m spending any time outside, I’m doing so with sunscreen on my skin and more of it in my bag to reapply later — just like I did up north. It may be a much more crucial self-care practice down here, however, considering that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) just released statistics stating that Florida has a higher rate of skin cancer among its residents than any other state. Kinda puts a damper on living in a place called the Sunshine State. According to BCBSA’s recent Health of America Report, which reviewed how many Blue Cross and Blue Shield members have been diagnosed with skin cancer, 7.1 percent of Floridians had a form of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

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