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People in ABQ could be at greater risk of skin cancer

Colton Shone
June 11, 2018 05:57 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Living in Albuquerque could put people at greater risk of getting skin cancer.

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According to a new study by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the rates of skin cancer have gone up. Melanoma has increased 7 percent.

Dr. Emily Altman, a dermatologist with UNM Hospital, says Albuquerque is a prime spot for skin cancer diseases.

"The sun exposure at such an elevation and 320 days of sunshine a year is tremendous. It dries out the skin and causes more precancerous skin changes,” Dr. Altman said.

Dr. Altman says people need to wear sunscreen with UBV and ABV protection. She says they should reapply it every couple of hours. Dr. Altman also recommends that people wear hats that cover the face, ears, and neck. Sun-protective clothing is also a good option during the summer.

"The way to test whether a fabric is sun protective or not is to actually take your clothing and put it up to the light and if you could see light through it that means it lets through ultraviolet light as well and it's not protecting you very well," Dr. Altman said.

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