May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun during Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, 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.

“Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. 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. Click here for an interactive May skin cancer awareness calendar with sun safety tips, screening locations and partner resources. Dates with an orange star open to tips on how to protect yourself and your family as well as screening information and available resources.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition 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 or ytalbot@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/RCDC