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Rep. Lightbody recognizes May as Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month

Says HB 159 would help prevent skin cancer in Ohio
May 14, 2021
Mary Lightbody News

COLUMBUS— Today, State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) recognized May as “Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month” in Ohio. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. 

In March 2021, Rep. Lightbody introduced House Bill (HB) 159, bipartisan legislation with joint sponsor Rep. Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville) that would help prevent skin cancer in Ohio by limiting the use of tanning beds to those over the age of 18. 

“The goal of this legislation is to keep people safe—young Ohioans often do not consider the long-term impacts of tanning beds on their health. As a middle school teacher for many years, I have long had the welfare of children at heart and very much want to protect their futures,” said Rep. Lightbody. 

To prevent skin cancer and melanoma, it is important to look for skin changes and report any changes, such as a new dark mole, to a doctor. Prevention is key to reducing the likelihood of being diagnosed with skin cancer. ODH recommends avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays by:

·         Wearing protective clothing, sunglasses, and broad-spectrum sunscreen; 

·         Seeking shade; 

·         Avoiding indoor tanning booths and sun lamps. 

“As you spend more time outside during the summer months, please consider how you can protect yourself and your family members against skin cancer,” added Rep. Lightbody.

HB 159 will receive a second hearing in the House Health Committee on May 18, 2021 at 10 a.m. Watch live on the or contact with any questions or comments.