Study: CT has 2nd-highest rate of skin cancer in US

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Connecticut has the second-highest rate of skin cancer in the United States, a new Blue Cross Blue Shield study shows.

The new study shows Connecticut's skin cancer rate was 5.6 percent -- higher than the national average of 4.3 percent. The only state that had a higher risk was Florida.

Dr. Cyrus Chess, a Norwalk dermatologist, says part of your daily routine should be putting on sunblock that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

"UVA and UVB contribute to skin cancer risk, and aging of our skin in terms of wrinkles and other spots," he says.

Chess recommends that people get a skin checkup once a year, no matter their age.

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