May 12, 2010


Nassau County Declares May as “Melanoma Awareness Month”

Legislator Vincent Muscarella, along with County Executive Ed Mangano, the Nassau County Legislature’s Health Committee and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC), announced that May will be “Melanoma Awareness Month” in Nassau County.

“People tend to overlook skin cancer,” said Legislator Muscarella. “Few realize Melanoma is the most common cancer for 15 to 29-year-olds, and a recent study indicates tanning bed use by those under 30 increases their risk of melanoma by 75%.”

“Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, but preventing skin cancer is the best way to beat skin cancer,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano.  “If skin cancer is recognized and treated early, it is nearly 100 percent curable.  Be smart, get a head start, and get checked out today.”

“CCMAC is proud to collaborate with the American Cancer Society in Nassau County as well as on a National Level,” said Mrs. Coyne, “We are grateful for this collaboration, in addition to the commitment of our Legislators both in the past and present.  Their support of the message of ‘Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention’ is invaluable to the community. All of us working together will truly make a difference.”

The Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign was formed in 1998 after Colette Coyne’s thirty-year old daughter died from skin cancer. The foundation’s mission is to raise public awareness about skin cancer/melanoma, while changing behavior towards excessive sun exposure. For more information on skin cancer prevention, contact the CCMAC at (516) 352-4227.


(Back row, from left) Legislator Muscarella, Deputy Presiding Officer John Ciotti, Legislator Richard Nicolello, Legislator Rose Marie Walker.

(Front row, from left) Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, County Executive Ed Mangano, Colette Coyne, Dr. Donna Driscoll, Legislator Judi Bosworth, Legislator Judy Jacobs, and Legislator Denise Ford.