Skin cancer, including melanoma, is considered an epidemic, with rates rising faster than any other cancer. The deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, will affect one in every 50 people by 2010. By comparison, in 1935, only one in 1500 was struck by the disease during his or her lifetime. Few people realize that melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults age 15-29.
This year alone, there will be more than 62,000 new cases of melanoma in this country and more than 8,400 people will die of this disease, which translates into one death from melanoma every hour of every day. That's why Colette and Patrick Coyne, who lost their daughter to melanoma, and their organization, CCMAC, will be hosting their 5th Annual Miles for Melanoma Walk on Saturday, May 16 at Eisenhower Park.
"The American Cancer Society states that many cancers are in decline" said Coyne. "But the number of skin cancer and melanoma cases are skyrocketing. At CCMAC we work very hard trying to spread the word about the dangers of overexposure to UV rays-especially among young people-and what it takes to Be Sun Smart."
Coyne added, "The walk has been growing in size each year. I think it's because the message is finally getting through - tanning is dangerous!"
Registration for the Miles for Melanoma Walk begins at Eisenhower Park in Parking Field 6a at 9 a.m, the day of the event. A $20 donation for registration is requested. There will be activities for children including face painting and making bracelets from UV sensitive beads to remind them to take precautions in the sun. A dermascan machine also will be available. When a person looks into the machine they can see how much the sun, or tanning booth use, has already damaged their skin. There will also be a raffle for prizes including a pair of tickets to the sold-out Jonas Brothers concert at the Nassau Coliseum.
Personalized Memorial markers for victims and Honoree markers for survivors will be placed along the route and can be purchased for $25 in advance by calling 352-4227 or online at www.ccmac.org.