Thursday, July 23, 2015

Public Health enlightens youth about sun

By Ryan Summerlin

Chaffee County Public Health has been putting grant money to use this summer with programs reaching out to youths about the harmful rays of the sun.

The $15,000 grant came from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in May for the county health department’s “sun safety” work.

The state health department data for Chaffee County identified skin cancer as the third most common form of cancer for county residents, said Emily Anderson, a registered nurse at Chaffee County Public Health.

That data supports the finding that skin cancer is the fastest rising type of cancer in young people, ages 15 to 29, she said.

The county health department’s summer programs worked through the Boys & Girls Club and with local baseball teams.

For the Boys & Girls Club, Julie Nutter, director of the oral health program, gave skin care presentations to club members in Salida and Buena Vista.

For the rest of the story, go to The Mountain Mail.

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