Zippia reports that Mainers have one of the highest rates of sunburn in the country.

Looking like a lobster is not just unattractive, it also comes with a price. Maine and New Hampshire have some of the highest rates of melanoma in the U.S.. Our outdoor lifestyles mean we need to slather on the sunscreen while swimming, boating, biking, hiking, working, gardening and the list just goes on and on. Mainers are outdoors a lot and we don't always reapply the sunscreen the way we should. Even in the winter we should be wearing a wide spectrum SPF every day. You would be surprised how much sun bounces off the snow when you're skiing.

The top ten states most in need of aloe and melanoma P.S.A.s are:

  1. Hawaii
  2. South Carolina
  3. Florida
  4. Maine
  5. West Virginia
  6. Alabama
  7. Iowa
  8. Delaware
  9. Wyoming
  10. Arkansas

I wasn't surprised that Hawaii came in the number one spot in the research because of the amount of sun they get; but I was surprised to learn that sunny California ranked relatively low. Californians are into skin care and wearing a good sunscreen every day is just part of getting ready in the morning.

Here are the states least likely to burn and peal:

  1. Alaska
  2. Washington
  3. Oregon
  4. California
  5. New Mexico

According to the American Cancer Society, the estimated number of new skin cancer cases nationally for 2020 is 100,350; and the estimated number of deaths is 6,850. It is estimated that Maine will have 520 new cases of melanoma reported during 2020.

Please lather up your kids in sunscreen if they are playing outdoors. A childhood sunburn greatly increases their risk of developing skin cancer when they get older.

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