Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer

Protection is important for individuals of all ages and cultures. Skin damage from the sun can occur very quickly. Studies have shown that just a few severe sunburns along with recreational tanning during the early lifetime years can significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer later on in life.

Tips on Sun Safety

Wear:

  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Light weight long-sleeve shirt and long pants
  • Sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection

Use Sunscreen:

  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Reapply every two hours or as directed
  • Use sunscreen even on cloudy days, and year around!

Seek shade between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or when your shadow is shorter than you. This is when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Take extra precautions around water, snow, concrete, glass, and sand which reflect the sun’s rays.

There’s NO safe way to tan. Avoid tanning beds!

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening test could save your life.

Southwest District Health strives to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by increasing awareness of the disease in the community and increasing rates of effective screening methods.

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/pdf/basic_fs_eng_color.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/pdf/sfl_spanishfs_2c.pdf

Screening Guidelines

It is recommended that individuals age 50 (earlier if you have a family history), both men and women should be screened.

Resources

Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Control Program:
Download(PDF): Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

American Cancer Society:
https://www.cancer.org/

National Cancer Institute:
https://www.cancer.gov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/index.htm

Colon Cancer Alliance:
https://www.ccalliance.org/

For more information please contact:

Ana Vidales
208.455.5340
Ana.vidales@phd3.idaho.gov