At Western Oregon Advanced Health (WOAH) our goal is to work with community partners to help our whole community get healthy and stay healthy.  The most important partner is YOU!  The things you do every day make a big impact on your health.  Talk to your doctor about what you can do to improve your health.  Below is some information that may help.



National Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

How can Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent or detect it, both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to adopt good habits together, like wearing sunscreen and limiting their time in the sun.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to teach kids about the harm of UV radiation and why it’s important to protect yourself.
  • Identify youth leaders in your community who can talk to their peers about taking steps to prevent skin cancer.
  • Partner with a local hospital, state fair, or similar organization to host a skin cancer screening event.

Helpful Resources:

Take Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer

National Cancer Institute:  Sunlight

CDC:  Indoor Tanning is Not Safe

National Cancer Institute:  How to Check Your Skin for Skin Cancer

National Eye Institute:  Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

What is Skin Cancer?

Sunscreen FAQs


Skin Cancer Risk Tool

UV Index

Sun Safety Quiz

Suntelligence Survey

Sun Burn

Skin Cancer

For more information, visit the following websites

Health Resources

Local Resources:

Bay Area Hospital Classes and Resources:  offers classes to improve and maintain your health. Please click on the following link to learn how they can help with your health issues: http://www.bayareahospital.org/Calendar_events.aspx

Other Resources:

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