Protecting Your Skin
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Because the majority of cases are linked to an overexposure of ultraviolet (UV) rays, from the sun or indoor tanning devices, it is one of the most preventable cancers. The effects of UV radiation damage range from premature aging to melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer that kills close to 10,000 individuals annually.
According to the CDC, New Hampshire ranks 11th highest in the nation for rates of new melanoma diagnoses. Skin cancer rates in the state are a serious public health concern that must be addressed.
The use of indoor tanning devices is particularly dangerous as they produce UVA rays that are more intense than from the sun. UV exposure at a young age is especially damaging and can increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. New Hampshire was the twelfth state to ban the use of indoor tanning by anyone under the age of 18. Although this law is a step in the right direction, it is not enough.
Featured Partner: Donna Dubuc
Donna Dubuc, MBA, CCPH, board member for NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) has more than 25 years’ experience in health communications overseeing marketing, media relations, and public relations. She has a specialized interest in public health messaging to reduce at-risk behavior and increase awareness of public health threats like cancer.
Donna has supported communications for community hospital cancer programs in Claremont, Keene and Manchester. She also spent a number of years as Director of Communications at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. Currently she is a member of the marketing team at Foundation Medicine, a Cambridge, Massachusetts molecular information company that analyzes cancer-related genes to improve cancer care through precision oncology.
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