On May 18, Maine Cancer Foundation held our Challenge Cancer 2020 Conference. Over 100 of our peers joined the full day conference. Together we examined the current state of cancer in Maine, discussed Maine's Impact Cancer Network's community plan, and hosted three poignant speakers who shared their unique experiences with cancer. The day closed with goals for the next twelve months to continue reducing the burden of cancer on our families, friends, and neighbors.
Miss the conference, but want more information? Maine Public Health Association is hosting Maine’s Impact Cancer Network (the Cancer Network), a collective impact initiative focused on reducing the high rates of cancer in Maine, in a FREE WEBINAR on Thursday, May 25th from 12p-1p to present their community plan to reduce cancer in the state.
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In our Snapshots blog series, we turn to Maine Cancer Foundation constituents - from staff, board members and other volunteers, donors, grant recipients and beyond - to share important moments in their lives related to cancer. Our series will paint a broad stroke of the cancer landscape in the state, while narrowing the focus into the rare and intimate moments that bring us all together.
Snapshots #3 is the story of Joan Ingram, who discovered a mole on her left shin, which turned out to be melanoma.
Mainers will be the first to tell you: winters are long and summers pass in the blink of an eye. “When summer comes around, people don’t think about using sunscreen. We only have such a short amount of sunshine!” said Emily Clyatt, Community Health Promotions Specialist at the City of Portland Public Health Division.
In August 2016, Maine Cancer Foundation approached Emily and her colleagues to develop a sun safety awareness campaign. The timing was ideal for implementation in mid-2017, just in time for those fleeting months of summer. “MCF reached out about the idea to talk with the Portland Sea Dogs,” said Clyatt. The minor-league baseball team is a family-friendly attraction, with 60 home games at Hadlock Field spanning the warmest months of the year.
MCF awarded the City of Portland Public Health Division $20,000 to execute a sun safety campaign with public service announcements and other targeted prevention messages, along with five free sunscreen dispensers scattered throughout the ball park. The campaign will run the length of the 2017 Sea Dogs season.
“At least once per home game, a PSA will run on the big screen. I met with Hadlock Field’s graphic designer, and expressed our hopes for three consistent messages: sunscreen, covering up, and reapplying,” said Clyatt. The collaboration bore the catch phrase Play More, Burn Less along with an eye-catching 15 second video with simple graphics. The game time announcer will read over the video with the following text:
Just in time for the warmest months of the year, May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Our colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created the helpful infographic (below) about ways to protect your skin while enjoying time outdoors.
Follow Maine Cancer Foundation on Facebook to get updates and information about melanoma/skin cancer detection and prevention all month long. We believe the best cancers are the ones that never begin.