Health and Human Services Agency

Kristin Tornincasa

(530) 642-7132

With summer right around the corner, several agencies in El Dorado County are teaming up to spread the word about the importance of sun safety, especially for children. The El Dorado County Public Health Division, City of Placerville’s Community Services Department, Marshall Medical Center and El Dorado Community Health Center are partnering to promote skin cancer prevention and awareness beginning in May 2017 and throughout the summer months.  

According to El Dorado County Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams, skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in the United States and accounts for almost fifty percent of all cancer cases. “The good news is that nearly ninety percent of all skin cancers can be prevented by protection from the sun’s rays, or ultraviolet (UV) rays,” said Williams.  

El Dorado County’s outreach efforts on sun safety target local residents, but have a special emphasis on kids, said Williams, because sun exposure during childhood accounts for about eighty percent of lifetime exposure. “We want to promote good sun safety habits for everyone, particularly children. The earlier good habits start, the more likely we are to continue them throughout life. We are using the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention’s ‘Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap’ campaign to encourage kids to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, wrap on sunglasses, and seek shade between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.,” said Williams.  

In celebration of National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month in May, a banner will be placed over Main Street in Placerville during the week of May 22. Placerville Aquatic Center staff and pool users will be encouraged to practice sun safety through the launch of a sun safety lesson plan, adopted from the evidence-based POOL COOL program, at the start of each swim lesson. “Be Sun Safe” signs will be placed around the Aquatic Center.  

The sun safety campaign will run for the duration the Placerville Aquatic Center is open to the public (May 28 through September 4, 2017). A special kick-off event, Sun Protection Fest 2017, will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Aquatic Center located at 3071 Benham Street in Placerville. The event will include swimming, food, music, games and prizes. Regular admission cost applies.  

For sun safety tips and additional information about the sun safety campaign, including ways other organizations can help promote sun safety, please visit or call Kristin Tornincasa at (530) 642-7132.


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