Protecting Your Skin
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and is one of the most preventable, with many cases linked to overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and indoor tanning equipment. UV rays can also cause wrinkles, eye problems, and leathery skin.
Skin cancer rates are increasing, creating a serious public health concern that cannot be ignored.
On July 29, 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. It outlines action steps we can all take—as individuals, parents, educators, employers, policy makers, health care professionals, and communities—to reverse this alarming trend.
Help us prevent skin cancer by supporting sun protection policies in schools and work places and reminding friends and family to apply sunscreen, wear wide-brimmed hats, and use sun glasses with UVA/UVB protection.
Work with teachers and youth leaders to raise awareness about the harmful effects of UV rays. Support community and statewide efforts to adopt policies and laws that protect youth from harmful rays and prohibit indoor tanning for those under 18.
Featured Partner: Kim Coronis
As Program Manager for Breathe New Hampshire (Breathe NH), Kim Coronis is on the front line working on issues related to air quality, tobacco use and chronic lung disease. She spends her days carrying out Breathe NH’s mission of eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire.
NHCCC knows her best as the Co-chair for the Primary Prevention Tobacco Workgroup. Coronis has worked on this committee for three years. “It’s good to hear what other groups are working on,” said Coronis, commenting on the collaborative nature that the workgroup provides. “I love working with teams because it’s hard to stay on top of everything on your own.” The highlight of her experience has been participating at the NHCCC 9th Annual Conference this spring where she was a panel presenter on creating healthy learning environments and different ways to coordinate the youth of New Hampshire in prevention and awareness efforts.
Earlier this year, Breathe NH released a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Issue Brief titled “Landscape of COPD in New Hampshire”. COPD refers to a group of lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, which obstruct or limit airflow out of the lungs and cause breathing problems. As the third leading cause of death in the US, it is largely preventable.
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News and Events
Simple Measures Made Hospital Patients 70% more likely to Quit Smoking, LA Times, 8/19/14
Too Many Cancer Screenings Wasted on Those Facing Death, Bloomberg.com, 8/18/14
Working moms have new breastfeeding rights under the ACA, Reuters, 8/5/14
CDC launches third round of hard-hitting anti-smoking ads, The Nation's Health - APHA, Aug. 2014
Vermont, New Hampshire Top Melanoma Charts, MyChamplainValley.com, 7/30/14
Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, PDF Document, 7/29/14
Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up, NPR, 7/29/14
Generation of Tanners See Spike in Deadly Melanoma, ABC News, 7/29/14
Increased numbers of NH girls get cervical cancer vaccine, Eagle-Tribune, 7/25/14
Are You Part of the Cover Up?, The Portland Sun, 7/22/14
NH Study Warns of Cancer Risk in Youth Indoor Tanning, Eagle Tribune, 7/14/14