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WHEREAS, the Silver State receives an abundant amount of sunshine throughout the year, particularly during the summer months when many Nevadans will be enjoying the outdoors; and

WHEREAS, according to the CDC, ultraviolet rays from the sun, present even during overcast conditions, cause most cases of melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer; and

WHEREAS, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 700 new cases of melanoma in Nevada in 2022; and

WHEREAS, skin cancer can be easily prevented if the proper precautions are taken such as staying in the shade from the late morning to mid-afternoon, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, regularly applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen of an SPF 15 or higher with UVA and UVB protection, and avoiding indoor tanning reduce the risk of developing skin cancer; and

WHEREAS, a periodic skin self-exam, consisting of checking for any new abnormal spots, sores that don't heal, or a mole that changes shape, can detect skin cancer in the earliest stages; and

WHEREAS, Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month, an observance recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology, provides an opportunity to educate Nevadans about how to recreate outside in a manner that keeps their skin in good health;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2022, as

SKIN CANCER AND MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 27th day of April 2022.

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