Posts Tagged ‘Skin Cancer Prevention’

Summer Means It’s Time for Sun Safety

June 2nd, 2014

sunscreenSkin cancer is now the most common cancer in the U.S. but is preventable by using good judgment.  Thirteen new studies confirm what most of us have suspected, that protecting your skin from damaging UV rays with clothing, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and shade, decreases sunburns, tanning and the formation of moles—all factors in developing a potentially fatal skin cancer like melanoma.

About 20% of Arizonans are likely to develop skin cancer during their lifetime. In addition to the health burden of treating skin cancer, the annual economic burden is $5.3B.  Our ADHS SunWise Program focuses on preventing skin cancer with free sun safety curriculum that is now mandated for all 1,100 K-8 public schools. SunWise has been educating students and teachers statewide with free school assemblies  and district workshops for over 12 years.

Your kids may have participated in the annual poster or video contests and demonstrated their favorite ways to stay safe in the sun. To learn more about strategies to prevent skin cancer, check out the Community Preventative Services Task Force findings and be sure to visit the SunWise home page for free resources, video and poster contest winners and more. SunWise is also playing a part in our acclaimed Empower program by encouraging child care facilities to be SunWise.

Federal Funds for Arizona Public Health

May 13th, 2014

web az-state-health-assessment-coverWe use a lot of CDC grants  in Arizona to promote public health.  I’ve talked about what we do with the Maternal and Child Health, as well as the Behavioral Health, grants in previous blogs.  There’s another grant that lets us focus on issues that are specifically tailored to Arizona.  The Preventive Health block grant helps fund our skin cancer prevention, rape prevention and our prescription drug abuse prevention programs, along with other initiatives including Public Health Accreditation.  Every year we take time to evaluate how we’re spending the money and determine whether there are new public health priorities.

This Thursday is evaluation time – and we invite you to come hear about the programs that we fund with this block grant and give us your thoughts.  We use input from you and public health partners, along with the information we compiled in the State Health Assessment to plan ahead for the spending.  If you’re interested in coming, the meeting will be from 3:45 to 4:45 at ADHS, 150 N. 18th Avenue.

Limit the Sun, Not the Fun

June 8th, 2010

School is out & the UV index will be over 10 for the next couple of months, meaning that it’s sun safety season.  Since the majority of a person’s lifetime exposure to the sun occurs by the age of 18, it’s crucial to protect and educate parents and children about the simple steps to take to limit sun exposure.   With little more than a good idea and some pocket change from the preventive health block grant, we created the Arizona SunWise School Program in 2003.  In August 2005, Arizona became the first state to mandate sun safety education by requiring that all K-8 public and charter schools teach the SunWise Sun Safety School Program.

The SunWise Program shows kids & teachers simple steps they can take to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Children also develop an understanding of the environmental concepts related to sun safety.  Students demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks at an early age. These good sun safety habits can last a lifetime.  Also, here’s a link to common-sense Skin Cancer Prevention materials from the CDC for families and summer schools.  You can also tell someone how to protect their skin from the sun with CDC’s Skin Cancer electronic greeting card.

The SunWise program works with the Arizona Diamondbacks every year on a Sun Safety Poster – the winner was announced at last night’s Diamondbacks game – check it out on our Facebook page.

Also, a new study this week found that frequently using indoor tanning studios increased melanoma (skin cancer) risk no matter when the person started to go to indoor tanning salons.  Elevated risks were found with all different kinds of tanning beds.  You can see the Full Text (PDF) of the article on-line.