Supervisor Kate Murray partnered with St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and local pharmacists at a press conference today at Malibu Beach Club to remind residents to not get “burned this summer,” as the town launched its skin cancer prevention program.
Murray, joined by Gary Corn, R.Ph. of King Kullen Pharmacy and Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University, Dr. Maria Mantiaone, Assistant Professor at St. John’s University and Pharmacy students, will distribute sunscreen and Hempstead Town’s “Sun Safety Guide” to summer sun enthusiasts.
“Many of us wait all year to enjoy the soothing summer sun,” Murray said. “Beaches, pools, ball fields and parks are popular settings when the skies are blue and the sun is shining, but fun in the sun must always be accompanied by protection from potentially deadly ultraviolet rays.”
One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer. UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkling, and contribute to skin cancer such as melanoma, while UVB rays cause sunburn and cataracts, and affect the immune system.
Hempstead Town’s “Guide to Sun Safety” will be distributed to all 8 beaches and 23 pools under the town’s jurisdiction during this summer. The guide details skin cancer prevention tips, including protection, skin cancer risk factors and when to seek help.
“Everyone is at risk for melanoma and other skin cancers,” added Corn. “Wearing hats, shirts, eyeglasses and the proper choice and use of sun screens and sun blocks are essential for avoiding the hazards of sun exposure.”
“People with a family history of skin cancer are at a greater risk to develop it themselves,” observed Murray. “Sun safety NEVER goes out of season. Protect your skin year-round, even on cloudy and cooler days.”
Residents can call 516-812-3303 for their copy of Hempstead Town’s “Sun Safety Guide.”