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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The Montgomery Township Health Department and the Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC), along with its partners, are encouraging residents to play it safe and protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun, beginning this season and throughout the year.

A proclamation declaring May as Skin Cancer Awareness month was presented at the April 25 Somerset County freeholders’ meeting.

“Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It is vital that we understand that anyone can get skin cancer regardless of skin color or age,” said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison. “Recent studies indicate that sun damage in childhood can lead to skin cancer later in life, so you are never too young to protect yourself from sun exposure.”

“Skin cancer is a serious public health concern.  Every year, more than five million Americans are treated for skin cancer. This year alone, more than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. will be caused by melanoma skin cancer,” she said.  “We are urging residents to avoid artificial tanning, to conduct self-exams and to get screened. Melanoma is highly treatable when caught early.”

The RCDC is encouraging skin cancer awareness through a number of initiatives, programs and screenings throughout both counties.  An interactive May skin cancer awareness calendar with sun safety tips, screening locations and partner resources is available at http://bit.ly/MelanomaHD.  Dates with an orange star open to tips on how to protect yourself and your family as well as screening information and available resources.

An information table with skin cancer resources, screening information and copies of the calendar will be in the lobby of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville throughout the month of May. For ongoing information about programs offered by the Somerset County Department of Health, go to http://bit.ly/SCHealthDept and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SCHealthDept.

We also are supporting our coalition partner the Enright Melanoma Foundation, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to raise sun-safety awareness and help prevent melanoma through education and early detection.

Residents are encouraged to become Enright Sun Safety Certified™. Designed by skin-care professionals from the Enright Melanoma Foundation, programs are free, online education courses for ages 5 and over that take about 15 minutes to complete.  Once finished a certificate of completion can be printed. The programs can be found at www.ApplyCoverEnjoy.org.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, under the auspices of the Somerset County Department of Health, is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention.  For more information, to become a member or to learn more about available cancer resources, screening locations, dates, times and eligibility, contact RCDC Public Health Consultant Lucille Y-Talbot at (908) 203-6077, ytalbot@co.somerset.nj.us or visit http://bit.ly/RCDCSC.

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In the Blink of an Eye: A Conversation about Stress, Anxiety, Drugs & Alcohol in our Community

In the Blink of an Eye – Thursday, April 20, 2017. 

A Conversation about Stress, Anxiety, Drugs & Alcohol in our Community

 

Join the Conversation! 

Submit your question for our panel: http://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/blink 

Panel includes:

  • Moderator – School District Superintendent Nancy Gartenberg
  • Captain Thomas Wain (Montgomery Township Police Department)
  • Dr. Bert Mandelbaum (Montgomery Township School District Physician)
  • Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Experts and Advocates from the Recovery Community

Community Faith Leaders, Mental Health providers and Community Partners will also be available to answer any of your questions or requests for additional support and resources. 

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Board of Health Meeting Dates

February 8

March 8

April 8

May 10

June 14

July 13

August 9

September 13

October 11

November 8

December 13 - Joint Mtg - Hopewell Borough Hall

January 10, 2018 - Re-Org Mtg

All meetings are held at 7:30 PM in the Montgomery Twp. Municipal Courtroom, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ unless indicated otherwise.
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We are improving our webpages!

Welcome to The Montgomery Township Health Department’s newly revised webpages.  We are a Health Department in Montgomery, New Jersey, which also serves the citizens of the Boroughs of Hopewell, Pennington, and Rocky Hill.

Please be patience with us while this site still under construction.  1/23/17