Sun Safety


Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.1-4 This fact sheet presents statistics about skin cancer for New Hampshire and the United States as a whole.


small state: Big Problem

  • Sunburns. A 2004 survey found that 43.8% of white adults in New Hampshire had at least one sunburn in the past year.5 Sunburns are a significant risk factor for the development of skin cancer.6-8
  • New Cases of Melanoma. New Hampshire had the second highest rate of new melanoma diagnoses in the U.S. from 2001-2005, 61% higher than the national average.9,10 In 2008, an estimated 400 state residents were diagnosed with melanoma, which is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths.2
  • Grafton County has the highest rate of melanoma diagnoses in the state, 160% above the national average.9
  • Deaths from Melanoma. More than 40 people in New Hampshire die of melanoma every year.11 New Hampshire had the 7th highest melanoma death rate nationally from 2001-2005—18.5% higher than the U.S. average.12
  • Grafton County has the highest melanoma death rate in the state, 63% higher than the national average.11

Click here for the:  Facts about Skin Cancer in New Hampshire


There are rising rates of Melanoma in NH.  Research shows a link between these rates and use of indoor

A Dermascan shows teens skin damage caused by tanning salons and the sun.A Dermascan shows teens skin damage caused by tanning salons and the sun.

tanning salons.  The overarching goal of this project is to build grassroots, community systems that will bring about a sun safe environment and prevent/reduce skin cancer.

  • Provide education in Melanoma and sun safety to students in Franklin, Laconia, Meredith and Winnisquam High Schools.
  • Recruit youth leaders and high school staff to engage students in advocating for "Your Skin Is-In", an evidenced based program to reduce tanning.
For more information, please contact Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health at (603) 528-2145.






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