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Smart Talk: Skin cancer alert; Education reform advocate says it takes a community

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 23, 2014 2:39 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, June 24, 2014:

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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.  In fact, one in five Americans will develop it in their lifetime.  Exposure to UV rays, especially between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the summertime is the main risk factor.  Time spent out in the summer sun increases your risk for skin cancer and deadly melanoma.  

There are three basic types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell.  All skin types are at risk for cancer, but people with lighter skin and freckles and light hair and eyes more susceptible.  Men over 40 are at the highest risk.  Although melanoma accounts for 2% of skin cancers, it is the most deadly: one person dies every hour from melanoma.  Melanoma is the leading cancer that kills young adults.

To prevent skin cancer be sure to always wear sunblock above SPF 15.  Also, remember that tanning outdoors more than 20 minutes at a time is a bad idea.  Avoid indoor tanning.  When outside, stay in the shade and cover up with a hat and sunglasses.

Michelle Shriner, an Oncology Nurse Navigator at WellSpan Health’s Adams Cancer Center in Gettysburg appears on Tuesday’s Smart Talk to discuss skin cancer.

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Michelle Shriner, an Oncology Nurse Navigator at WellSpan Health’s Adams Cancer Center in Gettysburg

The role of public schools has changed. In the last hundred years, schools in many ways are being asked to raise children.  At the same time, schools are still teaching students for life in an industrial society.  So says public education advocate Jamie Vollmer, author of the book, Schools Can't Do It Alone.

Vollmer was in Harrisburg earlier this month and spoke to Smart Talk.  He appears on Tuesday's program and goes into more detail about his theories on how education can be updated and improved and as you'll hear, community is an important part of any change for the better.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-24 08:28

    Larry emails:

    Please talk about any sunscreen ingredients that are not effective or safe.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-24 08:29

    Leigh-Ann writes:

    I purchased a hat from - after having skin cancer on my head. This company has ratings on their clothing.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-24 08:49

    Sarah emails:

    PSU MED @ Hershey Med Center DERMATOLOGY CLINIC = HAS PREVENTIVE SUN PRODUCTS including umbrellas + t-shirts + hats

  • Robert D Colgan img 2014-06-24 08:55

    In the U.S. more men than women die of melanoma yearly---about 2X as many---but the number of men/women contracting melanoma is only about a 33% difference between the genders :
    CONTRACTING Male 43,890 Female 32,210
    FATALITIES Male 6,470 Female 3,240 (SOURCE:

    It would make more sense if the number contracting and the number of fatalities were the same....

    So, why is it that so many more men die from melanoma than women?