GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) _ A North Dakota researcher is trying to convince farmers and ranchers to take cover from the sun.
Kathryn Stensgard, who grew up on a farm in western North Dakota, recently completed a skin cancer study as a doctor of nursing practice student at North Dakota State University.
Stensgard said she hopes the research will reach rural residents and persuade them to use sunscreen and other forms of sun protection.
Stengsard's report says there was an average of 162 cases of melanoma _ a serious form of skin cancer _ in North Dakota from 2005 to 2009.
Stensgard says she has also seen the disease first-hand. She says five relatives on her father's side of the family have dealt with skin cancer.