Skin cancer can be found in 1 out of 5 Americans. In the last 30 years, skin cancer has become the most commonly found form of cancer in humans. According to skincancer.org, Melanoma is the most common form of cancer found in adults between the ages of 25 and 29 years old and is the 2nd most common found form in young people ages 15 to 29 years old.
It’s no secret cancer is a problem. With people diagnosed at such a young age, it creates an early threat to the health and livelihood of the future of the United States. The sooner we can detect it, the better chance we have at saving and promoting longer life.
Chaffee County Public Health of Salida, Colorado has purchased skin cancer screening vouchers for this growing problem. The vouchers are available for those who are uninsured, under insured, or whose insurance didn’t cover skin cancer checkups. It’s this kind of proactivity from Chaffee County Public Health that will helps promote some of the best public health practices we can offer. A lot of this effort was made possible by a grant the Chronic Disease Prevention Block Grant. Chaffee County Public Health decided to take that grant and focus primarily on skin cancer. For more on this story, check it out here on themountainmail.com.