COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Nearly 200 personnel participated in a large-scale mock disaster drill Friday at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission hangar at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport designed to challenge and improve their response capabilities.
Sundress and shorts season has officially begun. Are you protected? According to the 2018 South Carolina Health Assessment, melanoma of skin (skin cancer) is the 5th leading cause of new cancer cases in the state (see below).
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with nearly 5 million people treated each year? Skin cancer is caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other sources such as tanning beds. Anyone can get skin cancer, but it can be cured if found and treated early. Talk to your doctor if you notice any unusual moles or changes to your skin.
Whether you are taking a trip to the beach or doing some much-needed gardening, it is important to protect your skin from the sun.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are some tips to keep in mind:
Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours
Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs
Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck
Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block UVA and UVB rays
Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) or 15 or higher, and both UVA and UV protection
Avoid indoor tanning
Being in the sun does not have to be worrisome. Just make sure you protect yourself. Visit the CDC for more fun safety tips and follow their hashtag #SunSafeSelfie for pictures of people all over the world who are taking action to protect themselves from the sun – and having fun while doing it!
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — It’s officially beach season in Myrtle Beach and with that comes water advisories. However, officials with the South Carolina Department of Health say bacteria in the water advisories don’t mean the beach is closed for swimming.
DHEC has a new director of the Chemistry Division in our Bureau of Laboratories: Dr. Ona Adair.
In this role, Dr. Adair manages the operations and strategic planning for two public health laboratory programs with the Bureau of Laboratories: Clinical and Newborn Screening and Analytical Chemistry.
Prior to joining DHEC, Dr. Adair held several positions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including analyst in the PA Newborn Screen Quality Assurance Program, supervisor of the chemical terrorism section, and laboratory system quality specialist.
Dr. Adair holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She is excited to apply her diverse laboratory operations and administration experience to the mission of improving the quality of health for all South Carolinians.
South Carolina’s coastal shores represent an important part of our state’s landscape, serving as a place of recreation for residents and visitors alike, as well as a home to our ocean wildlife and vegetation. To help advise you about bacteria levels in the water, DHEC regularly monitors ocean water quality–providing information to help you make informed decisions about recreational activities.
As part of these efforts, routine monitoring along South Carolina’s shoreline has been performed since 2002. Advisories are issued, when needed, from May 1 through Oct. 1.
Before heading to the beach this summer, S.C. beachgoers can stay informed by following the swimming advice found on the DHEC website, is provided in DHEC news releases and is displayed on swimming advisory signs. For the latest information on South Carolina beach advisories and alerts, visit our beach access and water quality guide online at http://gis.dhec.sc.gov/beachaccess/.