Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Here’s The Best & Worst Cities For Your Skin

May 21, 2016  |  

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Just a few years ago, alarming new research was released from the American Medical Association about black women diagnosed with skin cancer having a higher rate of death than other races. Since its 2010 date, the stats still hold true, but now we’re better equip with the knowledge of how to protect our melanin. So yes, that means even us black folks have to wear SPF.

With May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month and more cases of skin cancer being diagnosed than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers combined, personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Your Skin.

To identity the areas, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 17 key metrics. Their data set ranges from “melanoma incidence rate per 100,000 residents” to “Ultraviolet index” to “cost of a non-invasive dermatological procedure.”
Interestingly, El Paso, Texas, has the fewest melanoma incidences per 100,000 residents, five, which is nearly eight time fewer than in Salt Lake City, the city with the most, 38.2. Also, Jersey City, N.J., has the lowest skin-cancer death rate per 100,000 residents, 1.49, which is more than 5.5 times lower than in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the city with the highest, 8.25.

Best Cities for Your Skin Worst Cities for Your Skin
1 El Paso, TX 141 Oxnard, CA
2 San Antonio, TX 142 Amarillo, TX
3 Austin, TX 143 Chattanooga, TN
4 Minneapolis, MN 144 Toledo, OH
5 Santa Rosa, CA 145 Spokane, WA
6 Plano, TX 146 Cape Coral, FL
7 Memphis, TN 147 St. Petersburg, FL
8 Dallas, TX 148 Shreveport, LA
9 Newark, NJ 149 Akron, OH
10 New York, NY 150 Port St. Lucie, FL

Was your city not mentioned in the top 10 best and worst? Check out WalletHub’s full findings here.

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