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Sun in the winter and summer can be a blast in Utah. Bluebird skiing in the Wasatch and hot days in Southern Utah’s red rock canyons. But a major downside to all that sun? Utah ranks first in the nation for rates of melanoma skin cancer.

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Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show that Utah has twice as many cases of melanoma skin cancer as the national average.

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The US Surgeon General issued a call to action Tuesday to prevent skin cancer.  It’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country, and Utah has a higher rate of melanoma than any other state.