Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
How has 4-H helped?
Siskiyou County Hi 4-H created a Relay for Life team called Siskiyou Justice League. As a team we decided to focus on skin cancer prevention because it's perhaps the most preventable form of cancer. The main goal of our team was to inform youth and adults alike through information boards placed throughout the community, speaking to community organizations, and presenting to elementary aged students. Prior to the county Relay for Life event the group participated in an all-day Relay Recess which reached 132 students. We provided skin cancer prevention kits and taught skin cancer prevention tips through games. We placed yard signs with skin cancer awareness and prevention tips in 25 individual and business's yards. We gave a presentation to our local Rotary Club which led to them becoming involved in cancer prevention. The group provided an article about Relay for Life in our local newspaper. At the Relay for Life event the group participated in the 24 hour walk, provided healthy eating tips by making smoothies, passed out sun safety kits, and gave presentations to the community.
Teens who participated in this event have gained insight into their responsibility in the fight against skin cancer. Everyone became more conscious to the easy steps they can take to help prevent skin cancer. Slip, slap, slop, and wrap. Slip on a long sleeved shirt, slap on a hat, slop on sunscreen, and wrap on sunglasses. As a group we learned that education is key in fighting against cancer.