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Transcript of Movie: UV Radiation and Skin Cancer

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Good looking people tanning on beach


Aileen Cavanaugh speaking

Oh, I think society wants everyone to be golden, tanned.

Good looking people in the sun


Jeri Wayneck speaking

It’s in style for people to have tans and be very dark complected during the summer.

People tanning in the sun; fades out

But being in style can come at a very high price.

Drusilla Hufford speaking, seal of US EPA in background

Unfortunately, one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

Marty Birnbaum facing camera

Marty Birnbaum thought he might be one of them, when he learned he had melanoma.

Marty Birnbaum speaking

I was frightened beyond any kind of – I can’t express that kind of fear. Yeah, I thought I had bought it.

People at sunny beach and jogging

Popular opinion is that tanning makes people look good....

Person with skin graft scar

But what your appearance gains now, it might have to give back with a vengeance later in life.

Dr. Harold Brody, dermatological surgeon, speaking

If we had to pick the thing that causes skin cancer the most it would be sunlight—you fry now and pay later.

Dr. Cynthia Jorgensen, Doctor of Public Health, of the Centers for Disease Control, speaking

Even a few sunburns can increase your chance of skin cancer.

Pictures of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers

Most people don’t realize it, but skin cancer is the number one cancer in America. The most common forms are called basal cell and squamous cell.

Doctor examining patient's skin with medical instrument

While generally not life threatening, the disfiguring surgery to remove them is a high price to pay for a suntan.

Picture of malignant melanoma skin cancer

Less common, less known, but infinitely more deadly, is malignant melanoma.

Dr. Mona Saraiya speaking

The increase in skin cancer we’re seeing has been in melanomas since the 1970's.

Marty Birnbaum speaking

Melanoma kills; it’s serious stuff.

People on sunny deck of house, cooking and eating

Man wearing no shirt on sunny day, while fishing

So what’s your risk of getting skin cancer? A big clue is how your skin reacts to the sun.

Dr. Cynthia Jorgensen speaking

One of the best ways to tell your risk factor is how quickly your burn.

Dark-skinned man standing in sun

Dark-skinned woman applying lotion to leg

Two women applying lotion

But even dark-skinned people get skin cancer... and they have a harder time seeing the warning signs.

Dr. Harold Brody speaking

All skin skin cancers can be cured early on if caught early enough.

Man checking his skin in mirror

Hand and arm with scaly skin

Man on table being treated by doctor

So check your body often. Look for irregular moles, new moles, sores that don’t heal, scaly skin. And remember... you're not powerless.

Dr. Cynthia Jorgensen speaking

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.

Screen divides with each addition:

the sun shines through trees,
applying sunscreen lotion to arm,
woman wearing hat that shades her face,
man wearing dark shirt with long sleeves

Here’s how:

  • Limit time in the sun during the peak hours, around midday.
  • Use a full spectrum sun block of s-p-f 15 or higher.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses.
  • Stick to the shade, and wear wear long sleeve, dark clothing.

People in grassy park, in sun and shade

... And spare yourself a future shock.

Margaret Ehrlich, skin cancer patient, speaking

You always have this fear one day you’ll get one – and when I finally get the call I’m in shock because I’m thinking, oh my god.

Logos of EPA and The Weather Channel over background of blue sky and mountains

For the weather channel, I’m Nick Walker.

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