MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Clear skies and warmer temperatures bring more people outdoors, and while you enjoy that weather, health officials warn about the risk of skin cancer. However, a new report shows Mesa County saw a decline in those cases.
During this time of year, you’re going to see people doing all kinds of things outdoors.
“Spring has sprung in Mesa County so lots of people are getting out there and they are hiking, gardening, they are out in the yards, they are out in the sun,” said Katie Goddeyne, of the Mesa County Health Department.
While the sun provides many things with life, it can also cause things like skin cancer which can lead to death. However, a new report shows that Melanoma is down in Mesa County. “Our rates of melanoma of the skin have reduced by about 50%,” said Goddeyne.
From 2011 to 2013, there were 115 reported cases of skin cancer, but from 2013 to 2015, there were 66 according to the Mesa County Health Department.
The Mesa County rate is also lower than Colorado’s state average, as the rate per 100,000 people was 12.7, compared to the state at 20.8.
For all the good numbers, the health department also has their eyes on another statistic. “Our rate of death due to that same disease has remained the same for the last 5 years,” said Goddeyne.
So to avoid Melanoma, the health department has a few simple steps for you to follow when going outdoors.
“Using sun block, and wearing those protective clothing, like your sunglasses and your hats,” said Goddeyne.
Also, if you spot something wrong, don’t hesitate to go to the doctor to get it checked out.