“Go with your own glow,” Dr. Rand Colbert, a dermatologist in Cedar City and Richfield likes to tell his patients.

Here’s something else he tells his patients: “There is no such thing as a ‘healthy’ tan, because when it comes to skin cancer prevention, diligence in protecting your skin from the sun is essential.”

Southern Utah has the perfect environment for skin cancer, Colbert said. A short, cold winter with a few months spent mostly indoors often leads to a yearly sunburn when warmer temperatures tempt people to venture outside in the early spring. Utah’s high altitude or elevation also means the sun’s burning rays are intensified. And lastly, Utah’s large Caucasian population makes Utah the perfect place to be at-risk for skin cancer.

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