What Is A UV Camera Screening?
The UV camera does not detect skin cancer, but rather reveals a lifetime of permanent sun damage. Colorado has the highest UV index in America due to our elevation. 80% of lifetime sun damage occurs in childhood, and the risk of developing melanoma rises 75% if you start indoor tanning before the age of 30.
Anyone can make an appointment to have their free UV camera facial picture taken. Participants are encouraged to bring a cell phone so they can take a picture of their “UV face.”
The UV picture is free because St. Mary’s wants to educate before more summer fun in the sun damage is done.
Melanoma Awarness Month and Sun Saftey Events
Half of cancer deaths are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. Early and ongoing prevention education could lead to fewer diagnosed cases, earlier detection and better outcomes. Melanoma, a form of skin cancer, causes the most deaths. Although Mesa County continues to experience a decrease of melanoma cases, the number of deaths from the disease remains stable. The reduced rate of melanoma cases demonstrates preventive practices are working. May is “Melanoma Awareness Month” and St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center will project a 20 foot black ribbon on the northwest side of the building. By sharing cancer prevention information, St. Mary’s hopes area residents will reduce their chance of getting skin cancer.
To increase the proportion of our community who protect themselves from Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation, our focus is on providing prevention education to our local youth. This targeted population aligns our skin cancer prevention efforts with the 2016-2020 Colorado Cancer Plan and Healthy People 2020.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS:
- Spring into Summer! Monday, May 6, 2019, 11a-7p @ Rocky Mountain Elementary School
- UV Camera Events
Friday, May 10, 2019 10a-2p @ Fruita Community Rec Center
Monday, May 13, 2019, 11a-6p @ Ed Bozarth Chevrolet
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 10a-2p @ Clifton Community Hall
Friday, May 25—Sunday, May, 27, 2019, 9:00am-3p @ Suplizio Field
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10a-2p @ Chipeta Golf Course
Monday, June 3, 2019, 10a-2p, @ Palisade Veteran’s Memorial Park
- Summer Meals Kickoff
Friday, June 7, 2019, 11:30a-2p @ Lincoln Park
For more information, please contact Cindy Ortiz, 970-298-2351 or firstname.lastname@example.org