A recent study looked at where the highest rates of skin cancer occurs. Where in the world did the US rank?

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A recent study brought some bad news for the U.S.—we have 9th highest diagnoses of skin cancer in the world.

The study analyzed the UV factor, average population skin-tone and the rate of incidences from a range of countries in order to identify where the highest rates of skin cancer are most likely to occur.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. They state that between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma—the most common form of skin cancer—or squamous cell carcinoma, at least once.

Of course, the best way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is to always wear sunscreen or sunblock that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, you should wear sunglasses that have sun protection, in order to protect your eyes, especially as the sun bounces off of hot asphalt.