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Arizona remains hot spot for skin cancer

PHOENIX -- Arizona continues to have the second-highest rate of skin cancer in the world behind only Australia.

Valley dermatologist James Pehoushek said he's seeing more cases of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. And he's seeing it in more younger people than in the past.

"People are getting sun year-round instead of just during the summer months," he said. "The increased use of tanning beds is a big contributor. Part of the higher numbers could be the earlier detection of the skin cancers."

And for the spring breakers who will be hitting the beaches soon, and not loading up on sunscreen? Pehoushek said in many cases skin cancers that develop later in life are the product of being exposed to too much sun at a younger age.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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