Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with melanoma being the deadliest kind of skin cancer. Caused by ultraviolet light, melanoma can easily be prevented by limiting sun exposure, especially among infants and young people, and avoiding indoor tanning.
“Though a relatively small number of people in Louisiana die from melanoma, we want people to know they can avoid these kinds of deaths by protecting themselves from the sun and not using tanning beds,” said Colleen Ryan-Huard, manager of the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. “May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and helps stress to people, before summer begins, to limit their sun exposure. Plus, we really want people to protect their young ones, as well as remind the fishermen, hunters and boaters of Louisiana they are particularly vulnerable. Cover up.”
Take the following precautions: plan outdoor activities before or after midday, when the sun is the strongest; choose the right clothing, and when possible, wear long sleeves, pants and skirts; wear a hat; wear sunglasses, choosing wraparound styles that block as close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays as possible; and apply and reapply sunscreen, using at least SPF 15 with UVA and UVB protection every time you go out.
People with fair skin, freckles, light eyes and blonde or red hair are more vulnerable to sun damage, so they should be sure to take precautions, as well as people with a personal or family history of skin cancer and those who have a large number of moles.
LCCCP urges people to be aware of the signs of skin cancer, with the most common being a change in the skin, including things such as a sore that doesn’t heal, a growth or a change in an existing mole.
To learn more about skin cancer, visit lcccp.org.
Flags at Port Hudson
On Saturday, all Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, families and organizations are invited to honor veterans who have died by placing American flags at their gravesites at Port Hudson National Cemetery, 20987 Port Hickey Road, Zachary.
Scouts are asked to wear their uniforms and bring a screwdriver or other tools to punch holes in the ground for the flags.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the flag ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m.
For information, call Jaqueline Moore at (225) 719-0698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Brian Chandler at (225) 683-3101 or email email@example.com.
Memorial Day salute
Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, near Zachary, will present a Memorial Day Salute at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Join Port Hudson site staff as they fire a 42-pound cannon in honor of the soldiers who gave their lives during the Siege of Port Hudson, which lasted from May 22 to July 9, 1863.
For information, call (225) 654-3775.
Museum recital, book signing
The Baker Heritage Museum, 1606 Main St., is hosting Morning in May, a musical recital featuring performances on harp and piano, routines by a local children’s dance team and a book signing by the Rev. Seketa M. Woods, who wrote “Positioned for Purpose and the Destiny It Took to Get There.”
The Morning in May event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For information, call Jean Byers at (225) 933-3261.
Senior health, fitness day
National Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 27, and to celebrate, the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary, will host two free wellness classes for seniors in the community who wish to stay physically fit and intellectually active.
Seniors age 65 and up are encouraged to participate in an enhance fitness class beginning at 10 a.m. May 27 and a pilates class at 11 a.m. May 28.
For information, call the Americana Y at (225) 654-9622 or Kristen Hogan at (225) 923-0653, extension 1104.
Chamber crawfish boil
The Zachary Chamber of Commerce is registering attendees for its annual Membership Crawfish Boil slated for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 28 at Bennett’s Ski School, 18605 Barnett Road.
Each chamber member will receive two complimentary tickets to the event but must be current on 2015 membership dues.
Additional tickets may be purchased for $20 each; payment is required in advance.
The deadline to sign up is 3 p.m. Friday. Register by calling the chamber office at (225) 654-6777, going online to zacharychamber.com or by visiting the chamber office at 4633 Main St.
Send news and events for Around Zachary to Stacy Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.