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Commissioner Grant Urges Residents
To Protect Themselves
TRENTON - With millions of New Jerseyans enjoying the summer sun and outdoor activities, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant reminds citizens not to get too much of a good thing - that is, too much sun.
"Despite the many warnings that too much sun can lead to skin cancer, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey showed that less than one-third of adults consistently protect themselves properly," said Grant. "The same survey also showed that children are better protected - about half reported using sunscreen. The public must get serious about taking the proper precautions."
Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays has been identified as a major factor in developing skin cancer, a condition that has been increasing over the last 20 years. The CDC estimates that more than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in 2001 and will take the lives of about 9,800 people.
The Department of Health and Senior Services offer these suggestions to avoid too much exposure to the sun:
"Studies have shown that people who have been badly burned as a young person are at higher risk to contract skin cancer in their later years," said Grant. "Healthy habits for sun protection should begin as early as possible and continue through the adult years."
For more information about the Department of Health and Senior Services,
see the department's web site at www.state.nj.us/health.
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