Posted 6/27/2016 in Public Health
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The most deadly skin cancer is melanoma which is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Protecting your skin from the sun is very important. One step in protection is using sunscreen.
Delaware County Public Health (DCPH) recently received incentive dollars for completing their Community Health Needs Assessment. With the increasing cases of skin cancer, DCPH recognized the need to promote sunscreen in our county. Gallons of SPF 30, hypoallergenic sunscreen were purchased with these incentive dollars and donated locally to areas able to accept the sunscreen.
“Knowing we had this sunscreen available, we wanted to give it to areas of high need where children and adults are getting exposed to sun. And where do many go for fun in the summertime—swimming pools,” shares Delma Hardin, BSN, RN, Delaware County Public Health Manager. “I am very excited that we were able to get this sunscreen out and available to such a broad group of people in our county. Everyone was very excited to have this sunscreen available to further encourage sun safety.”
Recipients included swimming pools in Colesburg, Earlville, Edgewood, Hopkinton, and Manchester as well as Kinderwood Child Care Center in Edgewood.
In addition to making sunscreen available in these locations, DCPH is giving out small packets of SPF 30 sunscreen at the local parades Regional Medical Center is participating in and at the Delaware County Fair.
Sunscreen Safety Tips:
- Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before being in the sun.
- Reapply after swimming or strenuous exercise.
- Apply often if you work outside.
- Be sure to apply enough, generally an ounce to cover the entire body.
- Cover all parts of your skin exposed to the sun, don’t forget the ears!
- Pick a sunscreen that protects against both UV-A and UV-B with an SPF of at least 15. For children under 6 years, an SPF of 30 is recommended.
- More expensive does not mean better.
- Be aware of expiration dates, some ingredients may degrade over time.
- Avoid the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM and wearing sun protective clothing are additional ways to prevent sunburn.
For more information about skin cancer prevention, visit skincancerprevention.org
Pictured: Allison Bolsinger, Life Guard, Edgewood Swimming Pool, pictured with Delma Hardin, DCPH Manager