Melanoma Rates Double Since 1980s

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Melanoma rates have more than doubled since the early 1980s.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Vital Signs” report states the rate for the deadliest form of skin cancer — melanoma — has increased from a little more than 11 cases per 100,000 people in 1982 to nearly 23 cases per 100,000 in 2011.

The rise in cases will cause a ripple effect in the cost of medical care as the annual cost of treating melanoma is likely to nearly triple to $1.6 billion by 2030.

CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden says melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and everyone should protect themselves from the sun by wearing proper protection.
Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, at some point in their lives.

But less than 20 percent are ever treated for the issue.

Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism say alcohol use disorders are among the most common mental health problems worldwide and result in disability, illness, and death.

While 70 percent of Americans drink and most don’t have a problem, many in the group that develops a problem don’t get help for it.

The team did not determine why these people don’t get help, but they do believe the stigma about admitting to a drinking problem and not knowing there are treatments available may be reasons.
Runners celebrated National Running Day Wednesday.

It’s observed every year on the first Wednesday in June and is a chance for runners to reaffirm their passion for the exercise and beginners to jump in on the fun.

Grandma’s Marathon is just 18 days away.

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