HASTINGS – It may be cold and cloudy this time of the year but sun damage and skin cancer is still a major concern. The South Heartland District Health Department wants everyone to know the dangers of skin cancer and sun damage.
The department has formed a South Heartland Cancer Coalition that includes the Morrison Cancer Center, and they are taking a lead to educate residents on the importance of preventing skin cancer through screening for early detection and sun safe practices.
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
Dorrann Hultman, the Community Health Services Coordinator of the South Heartland District Health Department, says that there are steps you can take to prevent skin cancer.
The first is, we want everyone to be serious about sunscreens. When you’re looking for a sunscreen make sure it has a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 30 or higher. Your sunscreen should also provide broad spectrum coverage, and that just means that it protects against all types of skin damage from sunlight. And lastly, make sure that you’re choosing a sunscreen that’s water resistant.
While applying the sun screen Hultman says make sure to apply a generous amount and to get the ears, nose, lips, back of the neck, and the top of the feet.
The coalition will have a sun safety booth at the Vital Signs Health Fair on March 23rd and 24th. And you can always call the South Heartland District Health Department for more information at 1-877-238-7595.