A STATEWIDE INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE RISK EDUCATION, EARLY DETECTION AND SKIN CANCER SCREENING
Choose Your Cover skin cancer awareness, education and free screening initiative began as a small pilot program on Long Beach Island, NJ, to reach out to those people deemed most at-risk for skin cancer – those who live, work and play on or near the beach. Developed by the Ocean County Cancer Coalition, the NJ Office of Cancer Control and Prevention, and the NJ Governor’s Task Force on Cancer Control, Early Detection and Treatment, in 2008, the program has since expanded rapidly, from the original first site, to 28 sites statewide.
Choose Your Cover now brings free skin cancer screenings, complimentary sunscreen and a wealth of vital skin safety information, involving cancer detection, prevention and sun smart precautions directly to the at-risk population of people who spend extended time in the sun – at the beach, ball park and other outdoor venues. A collaboration of physicians, advanced practice nurses, hospitals, health departments, community organizations, municipalities, lifeguards, corporations and volunteers have joined together to fight melanoma and other skin cancers, and reduce the risk of skin cancer in the Garden State. Because of these efforts, numerous participants of Choose Your Cover have reaped the benefits of lifesaving early detection, and still hundreds of others have been educated and have adopted sun safe behaviors, which will prevent them and future generations from ever developing melanoma or other forms of skin cancer in the first place.
Choose Your Cover’s award winning program now encompasses outdoor sites in every county, and has distinguished New Jersey as a leader in skin cancer awareness, prevention and screening.