Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will join with health care professionals, other elected officials and cancer survivors Monday to officially declare the month of May, Melanoma Awareness Month.
To make the proclamation, Mangano will stand on the front steps of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, alongside the Co-Founder of Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign; Senior Administrative Director at North Shore-LIJ Health System Holly Koehler; Nassau County Health Commissioner Larry Eisenstein; Sharon Galvin, Melanoma Survivor and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves.
Later he will light the dome of the Building yellow to raise aware of the fight against melanoma.
We gather today to promote increased public awareness about the risk factors and warning signs associated with melanoma and other cancers of the skin,” County Executive Mangano said. “Incidence rates for the deadly skin cancer melanoma continue to rise at an alarming rate among men and women in the United States despite skin cancer being one of the more preventable types of cancer. Today, Nassau County joins in the effort to combat the rise in melanoma by alerting its residents to the ongoing dangers of exposing the skin to excess sun and damaging UV light.
Mangano encouraged everyone across the County to honor those we have lost to skin cancer and those who have survived the deadly disease by putting into daily practice the recommended preventive measures and early detection habits that have proven to save lives.
The Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) began in 1998 in response to the death of a 30-year-old woman named Colette Marie Brigid Coyne who died 5 1/2 months after diagnosis. Colette was not a sun worshipper however had two blistering sunburns in her youth which doctors indicated were enough to trigger her melanoma at 29 years old.
The CCMAC will be hosting their 10th Annual Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 18th at Nassau County’s Eisenhower Park, Field 2, East Meadow. To find out more information, please visit http://www.ccmac.org/.
“It is my hope that this campaign brings awareness and prompts residents to be mindful for the betterment of their own health and wellbeing,” he said. “Each year more than one million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, the most common form of cancer. Melanoma statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that approximately 76,100 new individuals will be diagnosed in 2014 and approximately 9,710 citizens are expected to die of melanoma. The rates of melanoma have been rising over the last 30 years. Few people realize that melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults 20 – 35 year old and second most common among 15-29 years old.”
The speakers outlined six practical steps that can help protect the skin from the effects of the sun, including:
- Cover up;
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily;
- Wear a hat;
- Wear sunglasses that block UV rays;
- Limit direct sun exposure during midday; and
- Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps