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Hawaii Pacific board president, Carla Nip-Sakamoto offers insight about skin cancers in this Midweek this week She reflects on the new tanning booth legislation that was put in place last year in Hawaii and offers best practices for avoiding too much sun. When asked if skin cancer is more prevalent in Hawaii, Nip-Sakamoto responded,
There are statistics, but unfortunately our incidence is probably underestimated because it requires reporting to our tumor registry and not all skin cancers are reported. The only reportable cancer is melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the most common skin cancers, do not require reporting, so our incidence is underestimated.
It might appear that Hawaii doesn’t have a huge problem, but we do. If we were to report all the basal cells, squamous cells and melanomas that all Hawaii practitioners remove, we would appreciate the magnitude of this health issue. Not a day goes by that we don’t see a skin cancer in my office.
The Queen’s Angels Relay For Life team will be having their annual garage sale to benefit their team. Check out their awesome wares. Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Mililani High School | Parking Lot | 8:00am-1:00pm
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