Great Neck, New York - Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is proud to announce the launch of her new program called "Skin-telligence," in order to raise the level of skin cancer awareness among the Assemblywoman's constituents. The program is the product of a partnership between the Assemblywoman and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC)
"As more people head outside to enjoy the summer weather, it's important that they know how dangerous the sun's rays can be to their skin," Assemblywoman Schimel said. "I want to do as much as I can to help my constituents protect themselves and their families. The Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign has generously agreed to partner with us to help spread the word about this summer danger."
Skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, is the most common of all cancers and accounts for roughly half of all cancer cases diagnosed in the United States. A pale complexion, family history of skin cancer, severe sunburns, or exposure to carcinogens can increase a person's risk for developing skin cancer - but virtually everyone is at risk. Excessive (and especially unprotected) exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, found in both sunlight and tanning booths and beds, can also result in the development of skin cancer.
"There are many things that people can do to reduce their risk," Assemblywoman Schimel said. "We want to encourage everyone, especially children and teens, to develop healthy habits that can protect their skin."
The Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign was founded by the parents of Colette Marie Coyne, who passed away in 1998 due to melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and CCMAC's goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer on Long Island. For more information on CCMAC, visit their website.
"Skin-telligence" will be held at seven different public pools across the 16th Assembly District. The Assemblywoman and her staff will be distributing pamphlets and brochures containing information and tips that everyone can follow. There will also be some free samples of sunscreen available while supplies last. Constituents will have the opportunity to speak directly to the Assemblywoman and her staff as well.
Assemblywoman Schimel said, "I encourage everyone to stop by the table while they enjoy their day at the pool. I hope that they will walk away a little more 'Skin-telligent.'"
The following is a list of dates and locations for each event:
Thursday, August 2
Tuesday August 21
2 -5 PM
Tuesday, August 14
Thursday, August 16