Proclamation Declaring July 2019 as National Ultraviolet Safety Month
PROCLAMATION DECLARING JULY 2019 AS NATIONAL ULTRAVIOLET SAFETY MONTH
WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society’s estimates that in 2018 there were 91,270 new diagnosis of melanoma (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women) in the United States. Approximately 9,320 people were expected to die in 2018 of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women). The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports that in New Mexico in 2019, there have been 630 new cases of melanomas of the skin, and so far, this year there have been 50 deaths in New Mexico of melanomas of the skin; and
WHEREAS, the American Cancer Society also advises that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the major risk factor for most melanomas. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays but tanning beds and sun lamps are also sources of UV rays; and
WHEREAS, the CDC reports that in addition to causing sunburn, too much exposure to UV rays can change skin texture, cause the skin to age prematurely. UV rays also have been linked to eye problems such as cataracts and everyone is at risk for skin cancer; and
WHEREAS the New Mexico Department of Health and the CDC recommend the following methods of lowering your skin cancer risk:
- Avoid indoor tanning
- When outside, stay in the shade, especially during midday hours
- Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs
- Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
- Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection; and,
WHEREAS the Curry County Health Council will bring awareness to the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet rays during their participation at the 28th Annual Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair on July 27, 2019 by providing information on sun protection and skin cancer, and packets of SPF-30 sunscreen to the attendees at the fair.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Chet Spear, Chairman of the Board of Curry County Commission, do hereby designate the month of July, 2019 as National UV Safety Month and encourage citizens of Curry County to learn more about the causes of melanoma and take precautions to reduce the risk of skin cancer caused by UV rays.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and cause the seal of the County of Curry to be affixed this 1st day of July, 2019.