Practice Summer Sun Safety!
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. Families, health care providers, and communities can work together to prevent skin cancer. Help us prevent cancer by reminding friends and family to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors and reapply every two hours, limit their time in the sun, stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., 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.
NH CCC works collaboratively with dozens of partners, including the Melanoma Foundation of New England, to share resources and implement strategies that address skin cancer. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
NHCCC Featured Partner: Deb Girard
As Executive Director of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, Deb Girard is focused on helping reduce the risk of melanoma. The Foundation, based in Concord Mass, provides early detection and education programs about reducing the risk of melanoma as well as support programs to patients in treatment for melanoma and their family members in communities around New England.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds is the leading cause of skin cancer and melanoma but there are melanomas diagnosed that are not sun related. The MFNE has been an integral partner with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) in helping raise awareness about this health issue to one of the target audiences – youth and young adults. Deb Girard is an active member of the NHCCC’s Primary Prevention Sun Safety work group. The group focuses on educating people about the dangers of tanning, while at the same time working to engage community agencies in promoting sun-safety activities. One of the ways they do this is through the “Your Skin Is In” program.
“Your Skin Is In” is building awareness among high school teens and college students about the dangers of intentional tanning – whether outdoors or inside under tanning beds. “We do this in the spring and use teachable moments such as the prom or spring break to highlight some very important messages,” said Girard.
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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
Letter: Tobacco Fight Continues, Concord Monitor, 7/9/14
Top 10 Reasons Why Sunglasses Are More Than Just a Fashion Accessory, ONS Connect, 7/4/14
15 Charts That Prove We're Far From Post-Racial, Huffington Post, 7/2/14
VT Anti-Smoking Law Among Nation's Strictest, Burlington Free Press, 6/27/14
Living With Cancer: the New Medicine, New York Times, 6/26/14
Four Hundred and Sixty Brands of E-Cigarettes and Counting: Implications for Product Regulation, BMJ, Tobacco Control 2014-051670
Preemie Baby and Toothless Adults Urge Smokers to Quit in New CDC Ads, Los Angeles Times, 6/24/14
Indoor Tanning Leads to Early Skin Cancer, Study Says, Philly.com, 6/23/14
Businesses urged to track workforce health, USA Today, 6/19/2014
Electronic Cigarette Executives Get Schooled in Senate Hearing, TIME, 6/18/2014
Treatment and Survivorship Work Group – Forming New Partnerships, Submitted by Terry Steiner, Work Group Co-Chair, 6/18/2014