Skin cancer rate: Buffalo above average

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 23:18:22-04

Hamburg Beach was a popular spot on Thursday to take in some rays. Most did so while protecting their skin, like Jerry and Sue Czajkowski and their two grandsons.

“We got them slobbered up before we left,” said Jerry Czajkowski.

All this summer sun is causing problems for some people in Buffalo, skin cancer. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield, Buffalo has a skin cancer rate higher than the national average. The average rate is close to 4%, in Western New York it's 5%.

Blue Cross Blue Shield says it's because there are more people of Northern European decent, with fare skin in Buffalo. They also say the area has great resources to diagnose skin cancer, driving the skin cancer rate up.

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