May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
One in five people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Young women in New Hampshire are at an increased risk for developing melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer, according to a recent study by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, with many of the cases being linked to overexposure to ultraviolet sunlight and indoor tanning equipment. Educating teens and young adults about this risk is a top priority for the NH CCC Primary Prevention Work Group. The Melanoma Foundation of New England and others partner with NH CCC to increase teens’ awareness about the dangers of UV exposure from the sun and indoor tanning.
NH CCC works collaboratively with hundreds of partners to share resources and implement strategies that address skin and other cancers in New Hampshire. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
NH CCC Featured Partner: Lee Gilman Works to Prevent Cancer Through Advocacy
Lee Gilman, Senior Director of Health Education & Research at the American Lung Association of the Northeast (ALANE) in Manchester, is a member of the Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s (NH CCC) Primary Prevention Tobacco Work Group where she focuses her attention on the shared interests between American Lung Association (ALA) and the NH CCC – addressing lung cancer and its toll on NH residents. Tobacco use is the primary cause for lung cancer in NH, and Lee’s work with NH CCC is around advocacy and public policy as it relates to tobacco. Lee finds that being a member of the NH CCC Tobacco Work Group keeps her connected to the work being done statewide in NH. Lee and ALANE are then better able to lend support and engage volunteers in tobacco policy work. ALANE is planning to address the disproportionate impact of lung cancer on women and non-smokers.
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News and Events
Division of Public Health Recognizes "Don't Fry Day", NH DHHS Press Release, 5/24/13
NH Senate Rejects Tobacco Tax Hike, Seacoastonline, 5/23/13
2nd Annual Race for the Cure Set for May 11, Boston.com, 5/5/13
A healthy choice for NH Senate, Fosters.com Editorial, 4/13/13
Cigarette tax increase seen as a deterrent to youth smoking, Union Leader, 4/9/13
NH CCC annual conference presentations available: Navigating Turbulent Waters: Reducing the Burden of Cancer in Individuals and Communities was held March 20, 2013.
Monthly Checkup: Colon Cancer Awareness Month, WMUR, 3/21/13
UPDATED: House approves tobacco settlement, to net about $17 million, Union Leader, 3/20/13
NH Kids Will 'Kick Butts' on Wednesday, March 20, Wall Street Journal, 3/15/13