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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: May 20, 2013


WHO: Delaware Division of Public Health's Comprehensive Cancer Program
WHAT: Skin cancer outreach and education at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand in advance of the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer According to the latest Delaware cancer statistics, Delaware's malignant melanoma incidence rate was increasing at a greater rate than the U.S. (64.3 percent for Delaware vs. 20 percent for the U.S.) from 1995-1999 through 2005-2009. A total of 1,233 cases of malignant melanoma were diagnosed in Delaware during 2005-2009. Historically, Delaware's malignant melanoma mortality rate among males has been an average of 20.7 percent higher than the U.S. rate. Delaware females have had a melanoma mortality rate that was, on average, 12.5 percent higher than the U.S. rate. Stop by these information tables to learn how best to protect yourself from all skin cancers. Free sunscreen as supplies last. Sunscreen and burn care samples were donated by Hawaiian Tropic, the Food Bank of Delaware and Safe Tec as part of national "Don't Fry Day" sponsored by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. The organization Moving for Melanoma Delaware will also be distributing sunscreen.
WHEN: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
Rehoboth Avenue at the Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach
EXHIBITORS: Confirmed exhibitors are:
  • Delaware Division of Public Health's Comprehensive Cancer Program
  • Tunnell Cancer Center, Beebe Medical Center
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (bringing a special touch tank for kids)
  • Moving for Melanoma Delaware

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