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Melanoma rates on the rise

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New data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows that melanoma skin cancer continues to be one of the most rapidly increasing cancers among Minnesota residents.

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Melanoma of the skin is a more serious form of cancer than the more commonly diagnosed basal and squamous cell skin cancers. From 2005-09, melanoma rates in Minnesota increased by 35 percent for males and 38 percent for females.

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