Do you know someone who is always tanned? New research shows that some people who consistently sport the leather look may have a hazardous addiction to tanning.
When attending high school health fairs or fitness expos, sometimes we hit a nerve with someone and receive comments back such as:
"No problem ... I tan and never burn"
"Once I get my base tan ... I won't need sunscreen or a hat"
"No one dies from skin cancer"
And sadly sometimes we hear ...
"I was just diagnosed with melanoma ... If only I had known this 20 years ago."
"Please ... talk to my friend ... she goes to tanning booths all the time."
More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year and the numbers are rising. The American Academy of Dermatology strongly states that there isNO SUCH THING AS A HEALTHY TAN!
May is Melanoma Month. Help us change behaviors by bringing awareness to the real facts and dangers associated with tanning.
This month's newsletter also includes a short survey with questions relating to tanning myths - see how your habits and knowledge compares to others.
Raising Awareness to Change Behaviors and Save Lives!
Sharon Marston President - Jack's Fund
Sun Safe or Sun Foolish? Take the Survey and Find Out.
Be honest - how often do you really apply sunscreen?
At the beach, park or when you'll be outside all day.
Answers are anonymous. Survey results can be viewed by all.
Free Skin Cancer Screenings in May
Jack's Fund will again partner with Health Track Sports Wellness to offer free skin cancer screenings during May. Please sign up in the membership office or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is required - see flyer for details.
On May 25 ONLY, DuPage Medical will setup their UV cameras so people can view the sun damage on their face. Estheticians will be on hand to interpret the results. No appointment necessary.
On May 7th, Jack's Fund partnered with Lutheran General Hospital to provide a free skin screening in the northwest suburbs. Thank you Drs. Hallmeyer and Richards for seeing over 80 people on that Saturday morning. Without question, skin cancer screenings save lives.
We are pleased to announce the 2011 Glenbard West
"Game On" Scholarship Winner
Dayle Comerford, Michael, Matthew and Jack Marston at Senior Convocation May 18, 2011
A four year $1,000 renewable memorial scholarship is awarded each year to a Glenbard West senior varsity athlete who demonstrates a "game on" attitude for life, sports and community service. To read more about the scholarship click here.
Who gets melanoma?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, anyone can get melanoma. Most people have light skin, but people who have brown and black skin also get melanoma. Some people have a higher risk of getting melanoma. These people have the following traits:
Fair skin (The risk is higher if the person also has red or blond hair and blue or green eyes.)
Sun-sensitive skin (rarely tans or burns easily)
50-plus moles, large moles, or unusual-looking moles
Melanoma on the rise while other cancers decline.
Fewer people are getting most types of cancer. Melanoma is different. More people are getting melanoma ...
What causes melanoma?
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major contributor in most cases. We get UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds, and sun lamps. Heredity also plays a role ...
One Man "Jack's Team" Raises over $1500 for Melanoma
Greg and Friends Jack's Team 2007
Greg Forkins ran the Vancouver Marathon in under 3 hours and also went the "extra mile" by pairing his marathon effort with fundraising for Jack's Fund. Greg said, "I was really happy to be representing Jack's Team internationally and I was thinking about all the support from Jack's Team and the donors while I was running. It helped keep my spirits high!"
Greg ... you keep our
spirits high with your enthusiasm and generous spirit.