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 alike, it is also 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.
In fact New Hampshire ranks second highest in the nation for new melanoma diagnoses and seventh highest for melanoma death rate. Therefore 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 more intense than from the sun. It is also known that UV exposure at a young age is especially damaging and can increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
Recently New Hampshire became 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. Help us prevent skin cancer by supporting policies that protect us all from cancer causing UV rays. Work with teachers and youth leaders to raise awareness about the dangers of UV exposure. Advocate for increased shade at playgrounds, pools and public spaces. Help promote sun protection in recreation areas with accessible sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for use or purchase.
One in three Americans report getting sunburned every year; we need to make it easier to have fun but still stay safe in the sun.
Together – Eliminating Cancer
Featured Partner: Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi
Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi is the Director of Community Health Clinical Integration at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. He is the co-leader of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s (NH CCC) Shared Decision Making Task Force, recently formed after the unveiling of the “2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan”.
“I saw taking a lead role in the Task Force as an opportunity for me to learn best practices and bring what works back to my institution,” Dr. Fedrizzi said, “I have a very personal connection to cancer in that my father died at age 66 of a radiation-induced sarcoma after battling colon cancer for more than 15 years.”
Dr. Fedrizzi practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 16 years before being named the Director of Community Health Clinical Integration of the Community Health Department at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene nearly six years ago. Since that time, he has worked to align the medical system, public health infrastructure, community partner resources, and an engaged community, together in collaboration to address health challenges.
“Our project team serves as the backbone to Healthy Monadnock 2020, an initiative begun in 2006 to help our region become the healthiest in the nation by 2020,” he said. “Therefore, we work to improve healthy eating, active living, and breastfeeding rates, and to decrease tobacco use and address the social and environmental causes of ill health, including cancer.”
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News and Events
Unregulated E-Cigarettes Called Unacceptable by ASCO, Cancer Therapy Advisor, 7/28/15
Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back, NHPR, 7/29/15
Early Push To Require The HPV Vaccine May Have Backfired, NHPR, 7/15/15
F.D.A. Extends Deadline for Calorie Counts on Menus, NY Times, 7/9/15
Medicare Plans to Pay Doctors for Counseling on End of Life, NY Times, 7/8/15
‘A Terrible Way To End Someone’s Life’, Kaiser Health News, 7/6/15
Breast cancer and mammograms: Study suggests ‘widespread overdiagnosis’, The Washington Post, 7/6/15
Editorial: N.H. Needs to Discuss End-of-Life Issues, Valley News, 6/19/15