Ah, summer—the days are long and warm, and people flock outdoors to soak up the bright sunshine. But as important as it is to get out and enjoy barbecues and cool off in the pool, it’s equally important to comprehensively apply sun block. After just five sunburns the risk of melanoma doubles, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.
But some parts of the country, it turns out, are more likely to have residents develop or die from skin cancer, so The Daily Beast decided to take a look at the most recent available data to find out where the risk of melanoma is the greatest.
We first took into account the mean number of clear summer days in the 100 biggest cities in America for which there was data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Then we factored in the rates of melanoma incidence and deaths from melanoma per 100,000 people for each city’s surrounding county, using 2003-2007 data from the National Cancer Institute. Each datapoint was weighted equally.
This summer, be sure to stay cool and in the shade when possible—especially in these cities.