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Golf tournament honors eastern Iowan who died from melanoma

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May is melanoma awareness month in the United States, and that's why some eastern Iowans are working to make sure everyone knows the risks of the skin cancer.

Dustin and Brett lost their father Steve Yates to the disease almost two years ago after battling the disease three times. Yates was 63 at the time.

This year his sons have organized the 2nd Annual Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for melanoma research at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Dermatologists say skin cancer reportedly impacts one in five Americans.

Melanoma can be deadly if not caught and treated, and it is recommended that you get an annual check up to stay healthy.

Dermatologist Angela Buttjer also says that you can help to prevent the disease by using sunscreen as a part of your daily routine, and avoiding excessive UV radiation such as tanning beds.

The golf tournament was originally set for May 4, to be during melanoma awareness month, but weather forced the brothers to change the date to August 25. It begins at 7:30am at the Irv Warren Golf Course in Waterloo. 

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