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Melanoma Skin Cancer On The Rise In NJ

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Growing up in New Jersey, the beach, sun and outdoor activities are just a part of everyday life in the summertime. However, all that sun exposure seems to be catching up with us!

New Jersey has had one of the highest cancer rates in the nation for decades, gaining the infamous "cancer alley" nickname.

Ocean County ranked first in the state for melanoma-related deaths: 302 from 2000 through 2010, the latest year of data available from the New Jersey Cancer Registry. Monmouth County ranked third, with 239 deaths. Dr. Coyle S. Connolly, a dermatological in Barnegat, shared more about this growing skin cancer epidemic in the Garden State.

“Every day I see a number of biopsies, and a number of skin cancers. Fortunately, a number of skin cancers are treatable and curable when detected early,” Dr. Connolly said.

Melanoma is one of the most serious skin cancers, but if caught early there is a 98% survival rate. However, often times it goes unnoticed, like in the case of Tara Miller, a 29 year old from Longport who is now fighting for her life and others lives by sharing her story in hopes of raising awareness for melanoma.

Melanoma is most common in young adults, ages 25 to 29. Dr. Connolly warns to always wear sunscreen when outside, no matter what time of day.

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