Cancer Coalition reminds Nevadans to wear sunscreen heading into summer

Cancer Coalition reminds Nevadans to wear sunscreen heading into summer
Sunrise on a mountaintop. Image: Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash

The Nevada Cancer Coalition is reminding Nevadans about the dangers of skin cancer — the most common form of cancer in the Silver State.

“Skin cancer is much more common than many people think, and in it affects people of all skin colors,” said Christine Thompson, a program manager with Nevada Cancer Coalition. “But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s less dangerous than other cancers. Skin cancer, regardless of the form, can have devastating impacts on a person, from scarring and disfigurement to, sadly, death. Fortunately, it can often be prevented by taking a bit of extra caution.”

The coalition helps install sun block in community centers and schools, encouraging people to use sunscreen. 

The program began in 2015 and more than 100 dispensers have put in schools, parks, pools and other locations throughout the state. The goal is reduce skin cancer.

The coalition recommends SPF30 or greater sunscreen, wearing sun-protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants and UV-protective  sunglasses.

The coalition has a website for more inforamtion: SunSmartNevada.org.

SOURCE: Nevada Cancer Coalition.