Skin cancer prevention during summer

5/13/2014

Skin cancer prevention during summer

Skin cancer prevention during summer

Even though it doesn't feel like it today, summer is around the corner. To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as "Don't Fry Day" to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

* Do not burn or tan

* Seek shade

* Wear sun-protective clothing

* Generously apply sunscreen

* Use extra caution near water, snow and sand

* Get Vitamin D safely

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for UV damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Remember to "Slip! Slop! Slap! ... and Wrap" when you're outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.

Information from the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. The Association Board meets at 1 p.m. Join us at 2 p.m. for a naming party. The lovely lady sitting in our foyer needs a name. Submit your name suggestion. The winner will receive a ladybug yard ornament. Come for refreshments and name selection. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, the day begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. USDA commodities will be distributed at 10 a.m. The Craft Shop committee meets at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Note, this is a change in both date and time. The senior center board of directors will meet at 2 p.m.

May 21 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. The attorney with Kansas Legal Services will be here beginning at 10 a.m. Appointments are required. Call 272-3620 for your appointment. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. to music of the "Blue Notes." The recommended donation is $5.

Health tip

May's healthy eating goal: switch to fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Pork brisket, scalloped potatoes, savory carrots, roll, creamy fruit salad.

Friday: Tuna sandwich, potato salad, mandarin oranges.

Monday: Barbecue beef, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, bread, peach crisp.

Tuesday (menu change): Grilled chicken, au gratin potatoes, winter mixed vegetables, bread, apple crisp.

May 21: Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, tossed salad, French bread, brownie and ice cream.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.

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