Colorado experiences some of the highest melanoma incidence rates in the country (20.4-23.0/100,000), and some of the highest death rates (3.3-3.9/100,000). Colorado also experiences some of the highest UV exposure levels in the country. Because of this sobering data, we are attempting to boost our efforts to raise awareness in our community about the dangers of excessive sun exposure, and the importance of early detection. We are doing this by attending the many festivals and events that Colorado has to offer and disseminating sun safety literature, free sunscreen samples, administering free UV screens, and FREE SKIN SCREENINGS provided by local dermatologists. Scroll below to read more about the specific festivals, events, and programs the Foundation participates in to increase our prevention efforts and spread our message!
At every event we bring our special UV camera, the Reveal Imager, to educate the public on sun safety. This camera is able to show the damage sun has caused to your face by revealing pigmentation patterns not seen by the naked eye. We will send you your UV photo to your email free of charge!
UV Spots occur when melanin coagulates below the skin surface as a result of sun damage. Brown Spots are lesions on the skin such as hyper-pigmentation, freckles, lentigines, and melasma.
Damage done by ultraviolet radiation is not often visible to the naked eye. The UV camera is able to penetrate the upper layers of the skin and show the underlying damage caused by the sun. For many people this is a wake up call!
UV damage on the skin shows up as dark spots. The more spots you have, the worse the damage. On the left is one of our volunteers who applies sunscreen regularly and has very little sun damage. The right image has moderate-high sun damage!
Sun damage will often cause our skin to create more blood vessels underneath the skin. We use the "red channel" as another way to see this damage. The lips are always red in this feature because of the naturally high number of blood vessels.
UNIVERSITY OF CO 9NEWS HEALTH FAIR
9Health Fair is the largest volunteer-driven, non-profit health, wellness and prevention effort in the nation. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, in partnership with University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado, will be hosting a Family 9HealthFair on Saturday, October 13th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the UCH Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, Anschutz Cancer Pavilion and UCHealth Eye Center. The Colorado Melanoma Foundation attends this event as a part of the skin screenings, offering free UV damage assessments.
The mission of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is to build bridges of awareness, knowledge and understanding between the diverse Asian Pacific American (APA) communities and the general public through cultural education, leadership development and athletic competition. Volunteers of the Colorado Melanoma Foundation joins the many businesses and organizations that attend this event to promote sun safety. Make sure to stop by to get free sunscreen!
CAREER X FAIR
Twenty-two high schoolers from the Career Education Center (CEC), a high school in Denver Public Schools, visit the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus annually for a shadow day that offered close-up insight into research and healthcare-related fields. A group of 20 other CEC students enjoyed a CU Anschutz field trip earlier in the month.
The CEC students are in a biomedical class and recently completed a unit on DNA, including extraction of DNA from a strawberry. But the CU Anschutz tour took their understanding of genetic coding to another level – a very visual level.
MALLETS FOR MELANOMA
The Mallets for Melanoma Charity Polo Tournament is our annual fundraiser hosted at the Denver Polo Club and presented by Mike Ward Automotive of Highlands Ranch. Funds raised at this event help the Colorado Melanoma Foundation's administration, operation, and general relief costs. Please visit the website, www.malletsformelanoma.org to learn more and to sign-up for next year's event!
THE SUN BUS INITIATIVE
To mitigate the growing rates of skin cancer in this state, the Colorado Melanoma Foundation has begun plans for The Sun Bus—Colorado’s first and only mobile classroom that teaches residents about sun safety and the importance of skin health.
The Sun Bus will provide:
1.) Free education resources to children and adults on sun safety and skin health
2.) Free skin cancer screenings to residents in Colorado
3.) Sun safety information to Coloradans
The Sun Bus will be built from an RV, modified to fit our purpose (see rendition), and filled with the latest information and technologies, such as our Vizia UV camera (see below), to optimize participation and encourage spreading of information.