18th Annual SLIP SLAP SLOP Sun Safety Event Set for July 16th

In an effort to combat the long-term effects of sun exposure and skin cancer, the Humeston Medical Clinic, a service of Lucas County Health Center, is hosting its 18th annual sun safety education event for children. Slip, Slap, Slop will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the Mormon Trail Swimming Pool. This event is free and open to the public.

“We’re excited to, once again, bring this fun and educational program to Humeston,” says Jena Wiley, Marketing Director.  “This is a great way for kids and their parents to learn about how to protect themselves, as skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.”

The two most common types of skin cancer-basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas-are highly curable. However, melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous, especially among young people. Approximately, 65 to 90 percent of melanomas are caused by exposure to UV light or sunlight. While that is a very serious message, the Humeston Medical Clinic event strives to get the point across in a fun way that will be memorable to children and parents alike.

Amy McCurdy, Clinic Administrator adds, “We have a great afternoon planned for those that are able to come out!  Not only will everyone who attends receive free admission to the pool while we are there, but they will also enjoy games and prizes, and ultimately end up walking away with important information on how to keep their skin safe as we enter into the summer months!”  McCurdy continues, “We also urge those who have attended this event in the past to come out again – as we can all use reminders on how damaging the sun can be and the steps to take to protect ourselves from future health problems caused by overexposure to the sun!”

For more information about Slip, Slap, Slop contact Jena Wiley, Marketing Director, at 641-774-3219 or jwiley@lchcia.com.