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Melanoma is Most Common Cancer for Women Ages 25-29

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Many people like Shelby Padilla like to spend their summer days poolside.

"I live about five minutes away and I come here almost everyday with my kids," said Padilla.

But she knows that the dangers of the sun are real and Dr. Matthiesen, a radiation oncologist with Freeman Health Systems, says that the threat of melanoma should be taken seriously, especially by women.

"For women, on the back, that's a concerning area because it's not like you can see the area all the time," he stated.

According to the skin cancer foundation journal, the melanoma rate is increasing rapidly in younger women ages 25 to 29. Dr. Matthiesen encourages everyone to be aware of their personal health.

"Know your body and look at the sun exposed areas and if you start to detect that a mole might be changing in some sense, then that's a mole that needs to be looked at by a physician," he said.

Experts caution that 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year, often associated with sun exposure and one of the best ways to protect yourself is through sun-protective gear.

"Utilize SPF 30 or stronger sunscreen and the most important thing is to reapply frequently, especially if you're in water activities or just if you're very active. It's just important to apply and to continue to reapply," he said.

Padilla isn't taking any chances and thinks everyone should take advantage of sunscreen.

"I think they should be more careful and wear it and just protect their body instead of having to worry about getting cancer," she said.

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