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Officials speak on increasing melanoma rates

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Melanoma rates across the U.S. are on the rise, according to Tina Moussally, a physician assistant in dermatology.

"Studies have shown from 2008-2018, there has been a 53 percent increase in melanoma rates,” she said. "Our office has noticed a huge jump, as well.”

She links the increase to the popular tanning culture, both indoor and outdoor, and recommends people protect their skin by wearing hats and sunscreen, no matter the skin tone.

"In California, we recommend over a 30 (SPF), but even a 15 (SPF) decreases your risk of skin cancer by over 50 percent," said Moussally.

Officials also suggest being on the lookout for any abnormalities on your skin.

They say 99 percent of melanoma cases, if caught early, can be cured.

Moussally said people should consider a new popular vitamin called Niacin-B3 when in the sun. This is not a replacement for sunscreen, but rather an added protection. She suggested taking 500 mg every two hours.

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