SUMMIT, NJ - Enright Melanoma Foundation will hold a cocktail reception and educational evening on April 23 to unveil their innovative online Enright Sun Safety Certification™ programs to the public. 

Featured speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Wargo, melanoma specialist, from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The Enright Sun Safety Certification™ programs, designed by skin cancer professionals from the Enright Melanoma Foundation, are now available to provide education in a fun, informative manner.  These free interactive online courses make it appealing to youth, and those who influence youth. The programs use the Enright Sun Safety ACE™ (Apply Cover Enjoy) to teach ages 5-8, 9-12 and 13+ about the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the types of skin cancers it
can cause, the importance of protecting oneself from too much UV exposure, and how to educate others about early detection and prevention of melanoma.  The general public can view the courses, which are now available online at www.ApplyCoverEnjoy.org.

With May being Melanoma Awareness Month, there’s no better time to focus on sun safety, and release our behavior-changing programs to the public.  

Each year more than 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer, with an average cost of $8.1 billon.  Of the seven most common cancers in the U.S., melanoma skin cancer is the only one whose incidence is increasing.  It is a cancer that is often preventable.

Melanoma is responsible for nearly 10,000 deaths each year, and it is one of the most common types of cancer among U.S. adolescents and young adults. 

Children spend a significant amount of time outdoors, and sunburns can cause long-lasting changes to their skin.  One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.  This is why it is so important to teach youth good sun protection habits at an early age.

According to Janet Horowitz, Executive Director of the Enright Melanoma Foundation, “The Enright Sun Safety Certification programs are transforming the way youth learn about sun safety.  They will change educational strategies with the potential for broad public health impact by informing youth about healthy choices regarding sun safety.  Everyone needs to participate and become an Enright Sun Safety ACE.  These programs will save lives through education and prevention.  The courses can be viewed at www.ApplyCoverEnjoy.org.”

“This is personal to us.” said Richard O. Nelson, MD, Enright Board President. “Our Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Joseph E. Enright, MD, a former Summit Medical Group internist, who lost his life from melanoma at the early age of 37. In 1999, Dr. Enright’s colleagues, a group of physicians and administrators, founded this nonprofit organization.  With skin cancer rates rapidly increasing, there is an enormous need to educate young people about how to stay safe in the sun.  We hope to reach thousands of people through our online programs.”