A protective “base tan" is actually a harmful myth
Source: Axios Columbus, June 2023
With warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine, it’s tempting to spend more time soaking up the rays.
Yes, but: Maybe don’t.
As of 2019 — the latest year with nationwide data available — Ohio’s rate of new melanoma cases is higher than the national average, per CDC data.
Why it matters: Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The biggest factor in lowering rates is being aware of your risk and taking steps to protect yourself.