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In Brief: CDC recommends UV index use

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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CDC recommends UV index use: In its May 5 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC recommends that individuals refer to the National Weather Services UV Index rating system to gauge UVA/UVB intensity when planning outdoor activity. The suggestion comes in response to recently released statistics on melanoma-associated deaths. Overall percentage increase in the rate of deaths associated with melanoma jumped 34.1% between 1973 and 1992, the report states. The increase is the third highest for all cancers during the same period. In 1992, the melanoma death rate for whites was 5.9 times higher than for all other races, and 2.1 times higher for men than women. In 1995, the American Cancer Society projects that 34,100 new cases will be diagnosed, and 7,200 deaths will be caused by melanoma...
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