Trees planted for shade to protect against skin cancer
Westminster, MD
10/03/2018 01:13 PM
A generous donation was received from W.H. Boyer, Inc. toward the purchase of the trees. The new trees will provide shade in an area near the playground where no shade has been available before.  

Participants took a walk around the park together afterwards to celebrate the tree planting, taking advantage of an opportunity for some healthy exercise.  Having shady areas that allow people to avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. is important for recreational spaces.  Other measures for sun protection include long-sleeved clothing, sunglasses, hats, and using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher all year round.

Carroll County’s skin cancer incidence is higher than in most other areas in Maryland, and higher than the U.S. average.  With an incidence rate of 33.2 new cases per 100,000 people in the 2011-2015 period, Carroll County is fifth out of all twenty-four Maryland jurisdictions. The Partnership collaborates with many individuals and organizations around Carroll to address health concerns such as skin cancer by raising awareness and identifying strategies to improve the community’s health.  If you are interested in taking part in these efforts, please visit for more information so your voice can be heard.
Maggie Rauser
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