OSWEGO – The Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) has recognized Mayor Billy Barlow and the Town of Oswego as “community champions” in its efforts to raise awareness of skin cancer and the importance of sun protection.
The Cancer Prevention in Action program focuses on educating community members about what they can do to prevent cancer. In 2019, the city of Oswego partnered with CPiA and implemented a sun protection policy at Breitbeck Park. As part of this policy, the CPiA has installed sunscreen dispensers and supplied sunscreen to the city.
One of the city’s busiest parks, Breitbeck Park welcomes hundreds of visitors every day. While taking in all the park has to offer, including the waterfront and the view of the Oswego sunsets, it’s easy to take for granted how long the skin has been exposed to harmful UV rays. from the sun.
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States,” said Leanna Cleveland, community health coordinator for Oswego County Opportunities. “It is estimated that one in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, but with the right safety precautions, you can protect yourself against skin cancer.
“We want kids and their families to enjoy the summer months, but understand the importance of sun protection,” Cleveland continued. “These sun protection tips can help protect you all summer long.”
– Wear sunglasses that protect 100% from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays
– Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when exposed to long periods of sun
-Apply full spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen (SPF 15 or more) to exposed skin 30 minutes before going out in the sun.
“I am delighted to partner with Leanna and the people of OCO to raise awareness about solar safety and cancer prevention in the community of Oswego,” said Oswego Mayor Barlow. “By installing several free sunscreens in the marina and other city parks, we are providing residents with adequate protection while they enjoy our wonderful upgrades and amenities. While the new sun protection stations at the Marina, Paddling Pool and Breitbeck Park will be used the most, there are plans to integrate more sun protection stations. I would love to see stations along the rivers and the new Lakeside Park area on the east side.
“Leanna and OCO have been excellent partners in multiple initiatives,” continued Mayor Barlow. “We have previously partnered with other sun protection policies, breast cancer screenings and other promotional projects. OCO is doing a great job and the City of Oswego is happy to join them in their efforts. Going forward, we will continue to work with OCO and community partners to develop ways to better protect city residents and promote good health and wellness practices throughout the community.
“I applaud the City of Oswego for its commitment to upholding its sun protection policy,” Cleveland said. “With Breitbeck Park being one of the most used parks in the town of Oswego, it’s good to know that visitors can take advantage of the many improvements and additions that the park has seen, especially the new playground, everything by practicing sun safety and taking advantage of the free sunscreen available to them. For me, the fact that I can bring my family to the park and have sunscreen for myself and my kids is amazing. The Town of Oswego is a true community champion of the Cancer Prevention in Action program. His willingness to partner with us demonstrates the care and concern that Mayor Barlow and city leaders have for the health and safety of his residents and visitors.
Oswego County Opportunities is a subcontractor of the St. Lawrence Health Initiative to deliver the Cancer Prevention in Action Grant locally in Oswego County. To learn more about the Cancer Prevention Program in Action, which is supported by New York State funds, visit takeactionagainstcancer.com.