Summer is fast approaching and if you are anything like me you are looking forward to spending the upcoming days under the warm sun. I would like to join the American Cancer Society in raising awareness of skin cancer. May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month and even though we'd rather be thinking of summer vacation, barbecues, and family days under the sun, we must also take time to prevent skin cancer, which is one of the most common cancer types. According to cancer.org this awful cancer can be prevented.

An easy way to remember the necessary steps to staying safe in the sun this summer is "slip, slop, slap and wrap".

Slip on a T-shirt, slop on sun screen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes. It is also important to have regular skin checks from your doctor and to perform self skin exams. Self skin exams can be performed easily by standing in front of a tall mirror examining your skin for signs of skin cancer, which are any new moles or any moles that have changed in shape, size or color. Also look for any bumps, scratches, growths or sores that do not heal after several weeks. Finding skin cancer early can increase treatment success. To find out more information about skin cancer please visit cancer.org. Prevention and early detection can keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this summer making it possible for those summer vacations, swimming parties, barbecues and family days under the sun.

This summer Relay for Life of Winnemucca will be hosting several fundraising events to help raise money for the American Cancer Society so please bring you friends and families to these wonderful events. We are in full swing of our fundraising efforts and would like to thank those who have already participated and donated at these events.

The Relay for Life of Winnemucca annual event will be held this summer at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 through 10 a.m. Aug. 10. We are still in need of teams, participants, and survivors. If you are a cancer survivor we would like to honor you and would love your participation this event. Also, there is still time to create your own team in honor of someone you love who has fought or is fighting cancer. If you are interested in participating in anyway please contact Kayla Jonas at kaylajrelay@hotmail.com or (775) 283-8390, or Ginx at ginx.relay@yahoo.com.

Angela Street is the publicity chair for the local Relay for Life event.