SENATE BILL NO. 103
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 1 OF THE DELAWARE CODE BY ESTABLISHING MAY AS MELANOMA AND SKIN CARE DETECTION AND PREVENTION MONTH IN DELAWARE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :
WHEREAS, melanoma accounts for four percent of all skin cancer cases, but over 79% of skin cancer related deaths; and
WHEREAS, skin cancer in general affects one in five Americans, resulting in more than one million new cases diagnosed each year; and
WHEREAS, there is an approximately 3% annual increase in the number of melanoma cases each year; and
WHEREAS, there is expected to be 8,110 melanoma related deaths this year; and
WHEREAS, the Skin Cancer Foundation expects there to be 59,940 newly diagnosed cases of melanoma in 2008; and
WHEREAS, melanoma is the third most common cancer affecting people aged 20-39; and
WHEREAS, exposure to ultraviolet rays is the most significant environmental factor which leads to cancer; and
WHEREAS, melanoma is curable if detected and treated in its early stages; and
WHEREAS, when detected early, approximately 95% of the cancer cells leading to melanoma can be cured; and
WHEREAS, May is recognized across the United States as National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Chapter 6, Title 1 of the Delaware Code by adding a new section thereto to read as follows:
"§606. Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
The following month shall be commemorated in this State by appropriate ceremonies: the month of May, known as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month."
Approved May 27, 2009