Melanoma Awareness Campaign
Local 22 & Local 44 is partnering with Four Seasons Dermatology and the Vermont Department of Health to raise skin cancer and melanoma awareness and the benefits of early detection.
- Seek shade, especiall between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Cover up with clothing, including broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher daily, even on cool and cloudy days.
- Use lip balm with SPF of 15 or higher.
- Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun.
- Sunscreen should be applied on babies over the age of six months.
- Regularly examine your body for changes in your skin. Report any suspicious moles to your healthcare provider.
- Vermont ranks second after Utah for male and female invasive melanoma, the most lethal of all skin cancer.
- More than a third of Vermonters reported having one or more sunburns in the previous year.
- Ten percent of Vermont high school students reported using a tanning booth or sun lamp in the past year.
- Tanning bed use was highber among female (17 percent) vs male (4 percent) high school students.
- A smaller percentage of Vermont high school students (16 percent) reported wearing sunscreen always or most of the time than middle school students (27 percent).
Skin Cancer & Melanoma Facts
- Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
- Every hour, one American dies from melanoma.
- Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide.
- Melanoma does not discriminate against age, gender, or race.
- It only takes one blistering sunburn, especially at a young age, to double a person's chance of developing melanoma later in life.
- Exposure to tanning beds before the age of 30 increase a person's risk of developing melanoma by 75%.
- Young persons who regularly use tanning beds are eight times more likely to develop melanoma than people who have never used them.
- Melanoma is not just skin cancer. It can develop anywhere on the body - eyes, scalp, nails, feet, mouth, etc.