The survey asked residents about their sun protection and tanning knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. Cities or states were ranked based on the percentage of people who scored A's and B's in the survey, which was released Monday.
In Washington, D.C., 47 percent of residents received A's and B's, followed by New York City, Miami, Tampa, and Los Angeles. Chicago was ranked last among the 32 cities or states in the survey, with 21 percent of residents in the Windy City receiving A's and B's.
About 40 percent of Chicago respondents said they weren't worried about skin cancer because of their short summers.
"As dermatologists, we treat skin cancer patients living in all areas of the country -- from big cities to small towns, in tropical climates and snowbelt states. Studies also show that intense, intermittent sun exposure -- which typically involves residents of colder climates vacationing in warm, tropical areas during the winter months -- is a significant risk factor for developing future skin cancers," she said.
- 1. Washington, DC
- 2. New York City
- 3. Miami
- 4. Tampa
- 5. Los Angeles
- 6. Dallas
- 7. Salt Lake City
- 8. San Francisco
- 9. (3-way tie) Atlanta, Idaho and Philadelphia
- 12. Phoenix
- 13. Portland
- 14. Vermont
- 15. (3-way tie) Baltimore, Boston and Providence
- 18. (2-way tie) Hartford and Riverside, Calif.
- 20. Houston
- 21. (3-way tie) Denver, New Hampshire and St. Louis
- 24. (2-way tie) Cincinnati and San Diego
- 26. Detroit
- 27. (2-way tie) Cleveland and Minneapolis
- 29. Seattle
- 30. Pittsburgh
- 31. Maine
- 32. Chicago
HealthDay News, May 7, 2007