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Surgeon General’s Call to Action

SURGEON GENERAL’S CALL TO ACTION TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER

On July 29, 2014 the Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to governments, health care officials, groups, families, and individuals across the nation to address skin cancer as a major public health concern. According to the Call to Action, as many as 90% of melanomas are likely to have been caused by UV exposure, which is highly preventable through proper sun safety measures and avoidance of cosmetic UV exposure, like tanning beds. The five Calls to Action are as follows:

1.  Increase Opportunities for Sun Protection in Outdoor Settings
2.  Provide Individuals with the Information They Need to Make Informed, Healthy Choices About UV Exposure
3.  Promote Policies that Advance the National Goal of Preventing Skin Cancer
4.  Reduce Harms from Indoor Tanning
5. Strengthen Research, Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation Related to Skin Cancer Prevention

IMPACT Melanoma is willing to speak about this development as well as to topics related to skin cancer and prevention, including media interviews and appearances. IMPACT Melanoma is one of the leading organizations in New England providing education, support, and guidance for the public related to skin cancer.

Founded in 1999, the mission of IMPACT Melanoma is to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region.  IMPACT Melanoma provides a variety of educational programs targeting the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for both children and adults.

IMPACT Melanoma also assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering support groups, educational programs, and Billy’s Buddies, a one-on-one patient advocacy and support program. These programs are all free.

A Medical Advisory Board and Board of Directors comprised of business people, health care professionals, and leading melanoma specialists provide guidance to IMPACT Melanoma. Fundraising events provide funding for education and support programs aimed at prevention, early detection and support.

For more information about the Call to Action please visit:
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/prevent-skin-cancer/index.html

Media Contact:
Meghan Rothschild
mrothschild@impactmelanoma.org
413-218-4994

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