Tuesday, July 17, 2007


In honor of the sunny season, this New York Times article points out a fun fact I've learned from reporting on skin cancer: the link between sun and melanoma (the deadly kind of skin cancer) is weak. Very very weak. Sun causes the other kinds of skin cancer, for sure, but they don't usually kill you. I still wear sunscreen, obviously - sunburns suck, and anyway, I don't want to turn all wrinkly. I've always thought the wrinkle angle would be a better one to work when you're trying to discourage teenage girls from tanning. Skin cancer? Might happen. Wrinkles? Heck yeah, you're going to get wrinkles. Premature wrinkles and nasty, leathery skin.

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