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DHSS Press Release

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

Date: May 8, 2013


WHO: Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Rita Landgraf, Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay, and House Speaker Peter Schwarzkopf, among other guests
WHAT: DHSS "Fight the burn" skin cancer awareness press conference to remind people of the dangers of sun exposure now that warmer weather is here. Very special guest: a young anti-skin cancer crusader who lost a parent to melanoma. According to the latest Delaware cancer statistics, Delaware's malignant melanoma has sharply increased compared to the U.S. rate (64.3 percent for Delaware vs. 20 percent for the U.S.) from 1995-1999 through 2005-2009.
WHEN: Monday, May 13, 2013 10:00 a.m
WHERE: Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk at Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE
SPEAKERS: Confirmed speakers are:
  • Rep. Pete Schwarzkopf, Speaker of the House
  • DHSS Secretary Rita M. Landgraf
  • DPH Director Karyl T. Rattay, MD
  • Sam Cooper, Mayor, City of Rehoboth Beach
  • Daniel Cuozzo, DO, Beebe Dermatology Health Center
  • Sussex Technical High School student

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