- Encourage individuals to obtain and maintain optimal levels of physical, mental, and spiritual health
- Provide effective health education for prevention of disease
- Minister to those who are ill
Provide activites and programs that support our mission:
- cooking classes
- health classes
- smoking cessation programs
- drug counseling programs
Read the 2015 Comprehensive Health Ministry article...
Protecting Your Skin from the Sun
Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2013
The arrival of warmer weather usually means spending more time outdoors in the sun.
However, no matter what time of year it is, it is important to protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV)
radiation found in sunlight. Exposure to UV radiation is the number-one cause of skin cancer, which is the most common
type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Fortunately, most types of skin cancer can be prevented
or successfully treated if they are found early.
UV radiation and skin cancer
There are two types of UV radiation: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). UVB radiation causes
sunburn and plays a role in the development of basal and squamous cell skin cancers and melanoma.
UVA radiation penetrates the skin more deeply and contributes to premature aging of the skin and wrinkling.
Doctors and researchers suspect that UVA also plays a role in the development of skin cancer, but it has not been proven yet.
People who live in areas with bright sunlight year-round or at high altitudes have a higher risk of
developing skin cancer, as do those who spend a lot of time outside during the midday hours or
in a tanning bed (which emits mostly UVA radiation). People with fair skin, which has less pigment (melanin),
have less protection against UV radiation. As a result, people with light hair and light-colored eyes
who have skin that tans poorly or freckles, or people who burn easily, are more likely to develop
skin cancer. continue reading at...site/1/SSDA CHM JULY 2015 SKIN CANCER.pdf