MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota is not without reason at the head of a new national list.
In new cases of melanoma, an aggressive and sometimes fatal skin cancer, the state ranks third.
From the lakes to the pool to the baseball fields, the Minnesotans all go out as temperatures rise.  "I spent my summers growing up on a bike, going to the beach and getting several sunburns, to be honest," said Eagan-born Jamie Bell.
A rosy picture proves that the lifelong Minnesotan had fun in the sun. But the sun also caused serious pain.
"I never thought that I would have had skin cancer three times when I was 40 years old. And I never really expected to be dealing with melanoma, which is a lifelong chronic disease, and that's probably going to be the same for me.
She had surgery on her third melanoma last week.
"It's scary to be confronted with a potentially life-threatening disease at such a young age," said Bell.
There are more melanoma cases in Minnesota and other northern states than in southern states.
"That's ironic Because we have much less sun, we have so much skin cancer, but only that our skin is not prepared for it," said Dr. Jamie Davis.
She says that's because of that Many Minnesotans have Norwegian or Celtic heritage ̵
"Burning is dangerous. Even burning increases the risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, "Davis said.
She says sunscreen and sun shirts are crucial because damage is much more than just skin damage.
" I never want anyone to go through this "What I've been through," said Bell.
Her cancer is in its first stages and she has seen him early through regular skin examinations.
Dr. Davis says it is tiger that people with all skin tones protect, but especially those with fair skin. She says she sees melanoma in men, mostly on women's backs and legs. Let's examine you.
Wisconsin ranks 21st on the list of new melanoma cases.