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Learn the Science Behind UV Radiation with Walking Mountains Science Center

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Most skin cancers are a direct result of exposure to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Both basal cell and squamous cell cancer (the most common types of skin cancer) as well as melanoma (a more serious and deadly skin cancer) are directly related to sun exposure, as well as indoor tanning.

Nearly 99 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95 percent of melanoma are caused by too much UV radiation. Colorado has the highest UV index in the 48 states, leaving populations living at high elevations at a greater risk of exposure.

In short, the answer is UV radiation. But what does that really mean? Walking Mountains Science Center and Blake Snyder, MD candidate representing Defeat Melanoma, will discuss how to prevent and detect melanoma on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants will learn how UV rays burn skin, why sunscreen works, the ABCDE's of skin health and the skills to perform these exams in the privacy of their home.

Getting sunburnt doesn't mean you will definitely develop skin cancer, but the more frequently you sunburn, the more likely you are to develop the disease. Like many of us, if you have had sunburn in the past, it's a good idea to think about what more you can do to protect your skin next time.

About Snyder

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Blake Marleau Snyder graduated summa cum laude in biochemistry & chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Snyder matriculated into medical school following a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He has since been cited for academic excellence and has been inducted as one of six AOA Honor Society Leaders within his class. Snyder has been a Defeat Melanoma and Colorado Skin Cancer Task Force board member for the past four years and strives to incorporate international health into his entire career.

IF YOU GO …

What: The Science Behind UV Radiation.

When: Thursday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation, Registration Required

More information: Registration is required and space is limited. Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/sb to register.