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Dated 07/12/2006

County Health Department
Better Safe than Sorry

DATED: Wednesday, July 12, 2006
CONTACT: Hunterdon County Health Department 908-788-1351
CONTACT PERSON: Carl Rachel, Public Relations Director

Linda Besecker (left) of Readington knows how to enjoy the sun responsibly, and that includes her daughters, (l-r) Rachel, Christina, and Lauren, enjoying a bright day at the Flemington-Raritan municipal pool.  Health experts warn that one serious sunburn during childhood increases the risk of skin cancer later in life, so it pays to “take cover” at an early age.  Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is now the most common cancer among people 25 to 29 years old. But lowering the risk of skin cancer is easy by proper use of sunscreens with a rating of at least SPF-30, hats, sunglasses, and coverings such as T-shirts and towels.

To promote sun awareness, the Hunterdon County Cancer Coalition invites county residents to “Safe Fun in the Sun Family Day” at the Deer Path Park YMCA on Saturday, July 15, 2pm to 4 pm.  Learn how to be “sun safe” year round. Dr. Cassetty of Hunterdon Dermatology will discuss simple ways to decrease your family's risk of skin cancer. The family-style event will also offer games, relay races, snacks and drinks, giveaways and door prizes.

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