The New Jersey Department of Health designated July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month to help protect residents from the threat of cancer. As posted on NJ Today.net, the department reminded residents to be aware of the dangers of skin cancer and get screenings to detect early signs of the disease.
Officials from the Department of Health stated that all ages and ethnicities need to prevent overexposure to the sun, with young children and infants most susceptible to UV rays. These dangers are greatest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and any infants out in the sun should be shaded by sunscreen, a hat, an umbrella or pop-up tent. Additionally, the New Jersey Regional Chronic Disease Coalition recommends that people protect themselves with a sunscreen that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 and protective clothing including sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
The American Cancer Society notes that that at least 76,600 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2013, with 2,520 of those being New Jersey residents. The incidence of this most serious form of skin cancer has been increasing for the last 30 years.
Taking action to prevent cancer is vital in protecting your wellbeing. However, the timely diagnosis and treatment of cancer by skilled healthcare professionals is important in preventing a worsening prognosis and possibly fatal progression of the disease.
Unfortunately, skin cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis by a healthcare professional can lead to serious complications including progression of the disease process. If you have suffered harm due to such negligence, call the law team at Blume Forte for a no-cost consultation by dialing (973) 635-5400.