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AAD Names Most Sun-smart Cities

Posted: May 9, 2007

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About 40 percent of Chicago respondents said they weren't worried about skin cancer because of their short summers.

"The notion that only people living in year-round sunny climates are prone to developing skin cancer is completely untrue," Baker said.

"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.

The rankings of the 32 metropolitan areas and states are as follows:

  • 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