SKIN CANCER RISKS INCREASE FOR AMERICANS
Exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun is the most important fact in determining a persons risk of skin cancer. Past sunburns, sun exposure at young ages, genetics and immune system deficiencies may also play a part. The following quiz can help determine your risk for developing skin cancer. After you add up your total points, match your score with those noted below to find your risk level:
Blond/red = 4, brown = 3, black = 1
Blue/green = 4, hazel = 3, brown = 2
|________||When exposed to one hour of summer
sun, you . . .
Burn and sometimes blister = 4, burn, then tan = 3, tan = 1
|________||Do you have freckles?
Many = 4, some = 3, none = 2
|________||Where is your job?
Outdoors = 4, mixed = 3, indoors = 2
|________||Has anyone in your family had skin cancer?
Yes = 5, no = 1
|________||Where in the U.S. did you live most before the age of 18?
South = 4, Midwest = 3, North = 2
10 - 15 Below average risk
16 - 22 Average risk
23 - 25 High risk
26 - 30 Very high risk
Provided by the American Academy of Dermatology, 930 North Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4965
Find more information on skin cancer detection and prevention at the America Academy of Dermatology's "Skin Savvy 98" web page, at http://www.aad.org/newsf.html.
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