CCMAC’s S.T.O.P. Skin Cancer Initiative

Students Teaching Others Prevention

Teen Training & Education

Through ongoing collaboration with Suffolk County Boces, our first teen training was conducted in April 2007.  Dr. Jennifer DeFazio of Memorial Sloan Kettering Dermatology Service outlined for teens the change in society’s view of the fashionable image.  The Why, Wherefore and Urgent Need for Protection to Prevent the fastest growing cancer in America and the World – MELANOMA Skin Cancer! 

Pictured below top left; Jennifer DeFazio of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center educating students of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure, and over exposure to to the sun. Pictured top right are some of the training organizers and facilitators (left to right) Martha Kahan of easter Suffolk Boces, Jan Bertino Suffolk County Heath Department and SC BOCES, Colette Coyne of CCMAC, Bonnie Andeson SC Health Department, Dr. Jennifer De Fazio Memorial Sloan Kettering, Maria Fischetti SC Health Department, and Linda Bohman SC Health Department.

Pictured middle and bottom are students from Half Hollow Hills and Sachem High Schools. After learning about the dangers of Skin Cancer / Melanoma students worked together in groups to analyze messages in the media regarding tanning, created a sun safety rap song to educate students, role played sun safe and unsafe behaviors and responses and held a mock legislative debate on the dangers of tanning salons.

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CCMAC’s  “Be Sun Smart” Initiative in Oceanside High School

Oceanside High School by its’ very name suggests the risks these students face so close to home.  We found the Oceanside students very attentive and responsive to our message. Colette Coyne pictured below showing the HS students one of several videos CCMAC uses to educate students and provoke discussion.



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CCMAC, Brooklyn College & the American Cancer Society

At the request of the American Cancer Society, CCMAC presented to students at Brooklyn College.  Contrary to the belief that “only fair skinned individuals” are at risk for skin cancer – students learned that “ALL” People of Color are at risk.  While diagnosis is 20% less than Caucasians their incidents of 1 in 72 translates to a higher mortality rate. We thank the American Cancer Society for sponsoring this presentation. 







Be Sun Smart!