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    Nation's Capital Is Savviest About Sun Exposure; Chicago Ranks Last of 32 U.S. Locations

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    Top 32 Sun-Smart U.S. Locales

    May 7, 2007 -- The American Academy of Dermatology today released its first-ever ranking of 32 "sun smart" cities and a few states. Washington, D.C. leads the list and Chicago is in last place.

    More than 3,300 adults in those areas completed the AAD's online survey, "Rays: Your Grade," in February.

    Survey topics included participants' history of sun exposure and their knowledge about tanning, sunburns, skin cancer, and sun protection.

    The AAD's rankings are based on the responses of residents in each location. Here is the AAD's list. Locations that tied received the same number.

    1. Washington, D.C.

    2. New York

    3. Miami

    4. Tampa, Fla.

    5. Los Angeles

    6. Dallas

    7. Salt Lake City

    8. San Francisco

    9. Idaho

    9. Atlanta

    9. Philadelphia

    12. Phoenix

    13. Portland, Ore.

    14. Vermont

    15. Providence, R.I.

    15. Baltimore

    15. Boston

    18. Hartford, Conn.

    18. Riverside, Calif.

    20. Houston

    21. New Hampshire

    21. Denver

    21. St. Louis

    24. Cincinnati

    24. San Diego

    26. Detroit

    27. Cleveland

    27. Minneapolis

    29. Seattle

    30. Pittsburgh

    31. Maine

    32. Chicago

    Other poll results include:

    • Nearly 3 in 4 participants feel that people look more attractive with a tan.
    • Nearly 4 out of 5 participants are concerned about skin cancer.
    • Nearly 2/3 of participants got a tan last year.
    • Half of participants got sunburned at least once last year.
    • Most participants (71%) don't use sunscreen on an average day.

    Curious about the quiz? You can take it yourself on the AAD's web site,

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