Talking Sun Safety with Miss Indiana USA & Dr. Jerome Adams [Video]

Miss Indiana USA and State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, MD, have teamed up to tackle Sun Safety Awareness Month this year! Check out this dynamic duo discussing the pageant winner’s experiences as a skin cancer survivor and how to protect the skin you’re in.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the U.S., more skin cancer cases are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been going up over the past few decades, the American Cancer Society reports.

In Indiana, from 2011–2015, there were 1,248 new cases of melanoma diagnosed, and 209 melanoma-related deaths on average per year. The number of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers is difficult to estimate because these cases are not required to be reported to the Indiana State Cancer Registry, according to the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2015 report.

Skin cancer can be prevented by practicing sun safety, and eliminating any exposure to tanning beds and sun lamps. To learn more about skin cancer, please refer to the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2015 report, a comprehensive report on the burden of cancer in Indiana.

Exposing Skin Cancer [INFOGRAPH]

Kids may be headed back to school, but we’ve still got months of fun outdoor activities ahead. The ICC Data Committee reminds us of proper sun safety in our latest infograph Exposing Skin Cancer. This data visualization unveils all the good and bad that can happen with sun safety and skin cancer in only ten minutes. The infograph also shares key information on skin cancer risk factors, self-screening, and tanning bed restrictions nationwide. Data for the Exposing Skin Cancer infograph was compiled from a number of resources including the Indiana Cancer Registry, the Indiana Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2013, and the CDC.

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Complete Streets [INFOGRAPH]

The city of Indianapolis adopted Indiana’s sixth Complete Streets policy on August 23. In honor of the success, the ICC has released our latest infograph that models a Complete Street, details the health and economic benefit of active transportation, and illustrates how much of Indiana is now covered by a Complete Streets policy.

Complete Streets legislation ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind including pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, mass transit riders, and those with disabilities. When “streets are complete,” alternative modes of transportation (walking, biking, etc.) are more attractive; physical activity is promoted; safety is improved for all users, and in the case of safe routes to school, safety is improved for children; and the unintended negative health outcomes of a less active lifestyle are minimized.

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