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LOVE YOUR SKIN: free gala at Kapiolani Park May 12

    By Contributing Writers. May 2, 2012 - 5:45 am

Hawaii diagnoses approximately 5,000 new cases of skin cancer each year.

May 12 the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Xcel Wetsuits and the Skin Cancer Coalition of Hawaii are partnering in the presenting of the skin cancer awareness campaign kickoff event, “I Love the Skin I’m in.”

May is National Skin Awareness Month and the Skin campaign is part of a unique effort to fight skin cancer. Hawaii’s youth are most at risk.

The free event is open to the public at Kapiolani Park Bandstand from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The winning design of a skin cancer awareness T-shirt contest will be presented. The T-shirts will be for sale in Xcel Wetsuits stores. The program also features live entertainment from B.E.T. and Kendra, food trucks, free skin screenings, and educational booths.

Xcel began donating portions of the sales from the Ventx sun-protection line to the UH Cancer Center’s Skin Cancer Prevention Fund in 2008. The prevention fund is being managed by the Friends of the UH Cancer Center and was designed to develop community-based skin cancer education programs., according to a UH press release.

To learn more about the UH Cancer Center, visit the website at www.uhcancercenter.org.

Kezia Holm
Staff writer

One Response to LOVE YOUR SKIN: free gala at Kapiolani Park May 12

  1. Cedrick Ornstein Reply

    April 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Energy from the sun actually is a form of radiation. It consists of visible light and other rays that people can’t see. Invisible infrared radiation, for instance, makes sunlight feel hot. UV also is invisible, and causes sunburn and sun tan. UV rays damage DNA, the genetic material that makes up genes. Genes control the growth and overall health of skin cells. If the genetic damage is severe, a normal skin cell may begin to grow in the uncontrolled, disorderly way of cancer cells. UV also can cause sunburn, and other damage that makes the skin look prematurely old and wrinkled…

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