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Utah no. 1 in nation in deadly skin cancer cases, experts say

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Posted at 7:54 PM, Jul 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-29 21:54:45-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah hits the top of the list nationwide with the highest rate of melanoma cases, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

The Utah Department of Health says due to Utah’s climate along with people not putting on sunscreen and covering up melanoma cases are above average.

“In the state of Utah our melanoma rate is 31.9 per 100,000 -- what that means is we are approximately 61 percent higher than the national average,” said Lynne Nilson, Director of Utah Cancer Control Program.

Watch the video above to see one Utah woman’s experience of being diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and how she’s working with the state to make sure others don’t have to go through what she did.