Health Services

Contact Us

Amy Juchatz, MPH

Environmental Toxicologist

Suffolk County Department of Health Services
3500 Sunrise Highway, Suite 124
P.O. Box 9006
Great River, New York 11739-9006

631-854-0087

Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition

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Our Mission

The mission of the Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition is to provide actionable information to residents regarding healthy lifestyles and environmental risk factors in order to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.  The Coalition also seeks to increase access to care for all county residents by providing education and outreach.

Our Vision

The vision of the Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition is to improve the lives of county residents by creating a healthier community in which cancer and other chronic diseases are minimized.

Tip of the Month

June 2017

Know your Risk of Skin Cancer!

Skin cancer is when cells in the skin grow out of control. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year, approximately 9,000 people die of the most severe form of skin cancer, called Melanoma. Luckily, skin cancer is preventable. The earlier skin cancer is detected, the more likely a person will be cured.

Did you know some people are at higher risk of developing skin cancer?

Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greater for people:

  • With lighter skin
  • Who burn easily
  • With a family history of skin cancer
  • With a personal history of skin cancer
  • Who are exposed to the sun frequently
  • Who have a history of sunburns
  • Who have a history of indoor tanning
  • Who have blue or green eyes, and blonde or red hair
  • Who have certain types or a large number of moles

If you are concerned, or if you have noticed any of the symptoms of skin cancer, speak with your doctor.

Share this information with family and friends! Download the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Bulletin on Melanoma Awareness:

Melonoma Awareness

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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHT

Reduce Your Risk of Cancer this Summer

As the weather gets warmer there are many strategies to reduce your risk of cancer.

Summer is a great time to increase your physical activity, which can reduce your risk of both colon and breast cancer. CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, the equivalent of 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Try to incorporate physical activity in to your daily routine, such as going for a walk during your lunch break. Remember that you can divide your activity up into multiple shorter sessions throughout the day.

Eating healthier foods also reduces your risk of cancer. As farmer’s markets start popping up, you have the chance to access healthy and tasty new foods. It is best to eat as little processed foods (such as cookies, chips) and processed meat (such as hot dogs, cold cuts) as possible. Instead, increase your fruit, vegetable, whole grain, bean and lean protein intake.

Because you may find yourself spending more time outside as the weather improves, it is important to protect your skin. Skin cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in the United States. While healthy amounts of sun can increase vitamin D levels, too much sun can increase your risk of skin cancers, including melanoma. Follow these steps to protect yourself:

  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, which offers both UVA and UVB protection. Apply every two hours, even on cloudy or cooler days.
  • Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses, and seek shade while outside.
  • Stay out of the sun when it is the strongest (between 10am and 4pm)
  • Avoid indoor tanning devices- there are many lotion and spray tan alternatives.

Screening is important for skin cancer, and may even prevent skin cancer by catching skin conditions before they progress to skin cancer. Watch for any changes on your skin- new growths, sores, or changes in a mole. Signs of melanoma include asymmetrical moles or spots, jagged borders, uneven color, spots larger than the size of a pea, or any recent changes to an existing mole or spot. Talk to your doctor about any concerns.


Resources:

To see the Suffolk County Fitness Nutrition Resource Guide, visit:

http://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/HealthyLiving..

To see a schedule of farmers markets on Long Island, visit:

http://ccesuffolk.org/nutrition-and-health/farmers-markets-in-suffolk-county

For more information about preventing skin cancer, visit any of the following resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/index.htm

https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety

www.ccmac.org