Purpose or Mission
The Skin Cancer Task Force (SCTF) is a small network of Colorado institutions, businesses and individuals who work together to help reduce the incidence and magnitude of skin cancer in the state. We partner with schools, workplaces, child care centers, and other organizations to promote UV protection practices and policies related to shade, hats, sunscreen, and early detection.
Our objectives and strategies are outlined in the Colorado Cancer Plan. The Melanoma Chapter includes enhancing skin cancer education and prevention, promoting sun safety policies at workplaces and schools, working to insure that statewide legislation protects children and adolescents from the harmful effects of artificial tanning, creating new sources of shade, and increasing the early detection of skin cancers by physicians.
Colorado Cancer Action Plan
- By 2015, increase by 5% the percentage of schools that have established sun safety guidelines, procedures or policies for their students.
- By 2015, revise state legislation to restrict indoor uv tanning usage by minors.
- By 2015, increase by 5% the percentage of workplaces that have established sun safety guidelines, procedures or policies for their outdoor workers.
- By 2015, reduce to 35% the percentage of adults who report having had sunburn in the past year.
- By 2015, reduce to 45% the percentage of parents reporting their children having had a sunburn in the past year.
- By 2015, increase to 72% the percentage of adults reporting use of at least one method of sun protection when outside during a sunny summer day for more than one hour.
- By 2015, increase to 78% the percentage of children using at least one method of sun protection when outside for more than 15 minutes between 11 am and 3 pm on a sunny summer day.
- By 2015, increase the proportion of melanomas detected "early" by physicians to 84%; "early" is defined as less than or equal to 1.00 mm breslow depth or in-situ stage.
- By 2015, increase by 5% the percentage of preschools and child care centers that have established sun safety guidelines, procedures or policies for their students.
See the Master Directory on the Task Force Home Page
Surgeon General's call to action to prevent skin cancer: