Don’t Let Cancer Get Under Your Skin

July 15, 2017

Join Hackensack Meridian Health and Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance for FREE skin cancer screenings

Join Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and integrated health network, and Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance for FREE and effective skin cancer screenings on the Jersey Shore.

Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime? In fact, studies have shown that getting a sunburn just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. According to The American Cancer Society, each year there are more cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined.

Last year, Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center and  cancer/chronic disease coalition groups throughout NJ teamed up through the Choose Your Cover initiative and successfully screened over 2,000 people for skin cancer at beaches, parks and pools in one-day events throughout New Jersey. In addition to receiving skin cancer screenings performed by a team of volunteer healthcare professionals, participants receive free sunscreen and a wealth of vital information about sun smart precautions they can implement to protect their skin.

“You can reduce your risk for Melanoma by limiting your exposure to UV rays,” says Susan Greenberg, M.D., of Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center. “This means wearing protective clothing and sunscreen when you’re in the sun and avoiding tanning booths and sunlamps.”

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer which develops in the cells that give your skin its color. Melanoma can be treated successfully if it is detected early, signifying the importance of getting screened for skin cancer on a regular basis.

“Throughout the summer Monmouth and Ocean Counties offer sports and leisure activities that the whole family can enjoy,” says Deb Levinson, Regional Director of Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance, a cancer/chronic disease coalition. “However, overexposure to the sun is a health risk for people of all ages. Too much sun exposure is a health risk for people of all ages and races. Young children especially need protection from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, and infants should not be exposed to the mid-day sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To be sun safe, everyone should wear sunscreen with a SPF of 30, a broad-rimmed hat and sunglasses.”

“Out of the 14,000 people we’ve screened since the program’s inception nine years ago, more than 3,400 people have been referred for further evaluation,” said Arnold Baskies, MD, FACS, past Chairman of the New Jersey Governor’s Task Force on Cancer Prevention and Early Detection and Treatment, current Chairman of the New Jersey Melanoma Work Group and President of the American Cancer Society. “Of those people, we’ve identified nearly 785 skin potential cancer diagnoses – 123 of which were melanoma, the most serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer.”

These screening will take place on Saturday, July 15 from 10:00a.m to 2:00p.m at three different locations:

  • Brinley Avenue Boardwalk in Bradley Beach
  • Robert D. Wilson Memorial Community Center at 22 Snug Harbor Ave. in the Highlands
  • 20th Street beach entrance in Ship Bottom coordinated by the Long Beach Island Health Department

Please come out and stop by for your FREE screening with family and friends and learn more about how to be safe this summer under the sun.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.