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.

General Prevention

  • 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 Data

  • 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).

Headlines

Four Seasons Dermatology

Other Locations

Middlebury Satellite Office
Dr. Steven Partilo, Dr. Anita Licata
110 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT

Berlin Satellite Office
Maureen Harkin, NP
654 Granger Road
Berlin, VT

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.

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