Warmer temperatures and clear skies mean more people will be getting outside, walking the Huckleberry Trail and enjoying a variety of other outdoor activities.

May is “Skin Cancer Awareness Month,” and that means those same individuals need to remember to take preventive measures as they enjoy the sunny weather.

The American Cancer Society says more than five million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, and melanoma is the most common skin cancer in the United States. About 85 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

An estimated 9,320 people will die this year from melanoma, and those numbers have continued to rise over the past 30 years.

Melanoma is more than 20 times more common in whites and those with light-colored skin. The risk also increases as individuals become older, and it can develop anywhere on the skin.

One of the ways, according to the American Cancer Society, to prevent skin cancer and melanoma is to use lotion with sunscreen.

A local recreation department is doing its part as individuals start to enjoy a variety of outside of activities.

The Christiansburg Recreation Department has received a collaborative grant from the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Parks and Recreation Society. The rec department’s director, Brad Epperley, said he takes sun protection very seriously, and the grant will provide sunscreen dispensers at up to 20 Christiansburg outdoor…

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