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Old 07-13-07, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
The sun is free, don't pay for a tan. Skin cancer is quite rare and the most curable form. Getting a little sun is fine.

0.37% get sun cancer and just 5% of those people get melanoma. That is just 0.0002% of the population.

Sorry to insert some facts into this entertaining fearfest.
While it's highly treatable, skin cancers are typically not included in statistic of cancer because they occur with such a great frequency that they would dwarf the other stats of less detectable/treatable forms.
Estimated new cases and deaths from skin (non-melanoma) cancer in the United States in 2007:

New cases: more than 1,000,000
Deaths: less than 2,000

ONE MILLION new cases in 2007. wear your damn sunscreen.
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