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Central Florida Health News|July 2020

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Most Skin Cancer Is Preventable; Early Precautions Pay Off Later
TIM CRAIG

TOM AND ARIANA GLENNON know about the sun. From being stationed out in the South Pacific to making a life in Winter Haven, the pair’s experience with the sun’s rays has evolved.

“When we were younger, there was no thought about sunscreen,” says Ariana, starting the sentence.

“You just got burnt,” says Tom, finishing the thought.

Things changed as the couple got older. While Tom has had one skin cancer removed, most of the experience has come from Ariana.

“I think I’ve had 20 of the surgeries, so I’ve had a lot,” she says. “Things changed once I got into my 60s and all of a sudden, these cancers started taking off and growing fast.”

The surgeries culminated in about that required a skin graft.

“Now if I see something popping up, I know I need to see someone right away,” she says. “I don’t want another skin graft.”

The couple’s experience with skin cancer is not uncommon, particularly for Florida. The Sunshine State ranked second behind California in the number of new melanoma of the skin cases in 2017, the latest year reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year, roughly 85 percent are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

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July 2020