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Delaware Health Officials Combat Rising Melanoma Rate

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)– Officials say Delaware's melanoma rate is increasing three times as fast compared to the national rate.

To combat the trend, Delaware's Division of Public Health is kicking off a new campaign urging Delawareans to protect themselves from skin cancer.

State public health officials announced the publicity campaign Friday, and said Delawareans can expect to see advertisements in newspapers and on billboards.

The ads will promote using water-resistant sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and SPF of 15 or higher.

Officials remind Delawareans that long-term sun exposure, sunbathing, sunburn and the use of tanning beds increase the chance of developing skin cancer.

For more information, contact the Delaware Division of Public Health's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at (302) 744-1040; or visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/cancer.html or www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin.

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