Skin Cancer Prevention
In El Dorado County, there is a high incident rate of skin cancer. The
percentage of adults ever diagnosed with skin cancer is more than double
that in California (2014 data) and the age adjusted death rate due to
melanoma of the skin is 54% higher compared to the state (2010 - 2014
data). In 2017, melanoma became one of the top five cancer tumor sites
at Marshall Medical Center.
Marshall Medical Center partnered with El Doardo County Public Health Division,
City of Placerville's Community Health Center, and El Dorado Community
Health Center to promote skin cancer awareness beginning in May 2017 and
again starting in April 2018, lasting throughout the summer months each
year. The kick-off date was held on June 1. The objective of the campaign
was to increase awareness, improve sun safety habits and ultimately reduce
incidences of skin cancer in El Dorado County. Ninety percent of all skin
cancers can be prevented by protection from the sun's rays, or ultraviolet
Sun exposure during childhood accounts for about 80% of lifetime exposure.
Children receive three times more UV radiation than adults and can benefit
most from sun protection. Swimming pools are high UV radiation exposure
environments because the sun's rays reflect off the surface of the
water and around the pool. Sun protection is the strongest weapon against
Dates Held: 05/01/2018 was the kickoff date and continued until 08/01/2018.
Number of Participants: 1,381 children received swimming lessons and sun
Number of Participants in Cool Pool Program Awareness and Behavior Survey: 58
Guidelines Used to Design Activity: American Cancer Society, El Dorado
County Health and Human Services Agency Division of Public Health
Expected Results: There was an increase from 78% to 88% of the respondents
who stated they had changed their behavior because of the sun safety campaign.
The changesreported most often were applying sunscreen and staying in
the shade or under an umbrella. There was a decrease in shirts with sleeves
and hats. The sunscreen dispensers, donated by Marshall Medical Center
and the Cancer Center, received positive feedback and were used frequently.
Data Outcomes Shared with Committee: 11/20/2018
Conclusions and Recommendations: The results of the survey suggest an awareness
of the Sun Safety prevention program and behavior changes for both parents
Based on before and after statistics:
1) They felt more training needs to happen with aquatic staff.
2) Messaging delivered over the intercom was not totally successful due
to difficulty hearing the messages.
3) In the future, additional evaluation measures will be developed to
help capture other aspects of the program and have a more consistently
Were expected results met? Yes, but with improvements
Were barriers encountered? No
Were there enough resources? Yes
Click here to view the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency Division
of Public Health Pool Cool Program Evaluation, Summer 2018