Skin can­cer drop in North­east bucks ris­ing rates else­where

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A de­cline in melanoma cases and deaths in North­east states bucks a na­tional trend for the dead­li­est skin can­cer and may re­flect ben­e­fits of strong preven­tion pro­grams, a study sug­gests.

In the years in­cluded in the study, the Melanoma Foundation of New Eng­land be­came more ac­tive with pro­grams to pre­vent skin can­cer, the re­searchers noted.

Two years ago, the group started a pro­gram that funds sun­screen dis­pensers in public places and recre­ation spots in Bos­ton and other New Eng­land ci­ties. That ef­fort ex­panded this year to other states.

“Such pro­grams may en­hance public aware­ness about skin can­cer and may sup­press the con­tin­ual rise in melanoma,” the re­searchers said.

Na­tion­ally, melanoma cases have in­creased steadily over the past two decades.

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