Why teach children to prevent skin cancer?
Even though skin cancer occurs mainly in adults, the damage was likely done during childhood. Long periods of unprotected sun exposure and severe sunburns as a child can lead to skin cancer and eye damage later in life. Good health habits start in childhood are more likely to last a lifetime.
SUN SAFETY TIPS
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat (at least 4-inch brim) or a baseball-type hat with back and side flaps that produces a shadow that covers the face and neck.
- Wear tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of the body as possible.
- Reduce sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
- Find shade (trees, physical structures) to shield you, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Use sunglasses that include a warranty stating that they provide 100 percent UVA and UVB (board-spectrum) protection.
- Liberally apply sunscreen to exposed skin 15 minutes before going outdoors. The sunscreen container should indicate a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of 30 or greater and should state that it provides board-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection. Depending on outdoor conditions, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours.
American Cancer Society
: Be Safe in the Sun: Learn more about the link between the sun's rays and skin cancer, what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones, and how to spot skin changes that may require a doctor's attention.
Sunny Days Healthy Ways
Sunny Days Healthy Ways (SDHW) is a sun safety curriculum that uses a comprehensive, crow-curricular approach to teaching skin cancer prevention skills to child in grades K through 8.
Sun Safety For Kids is a nonprofit organization established by a group of dermatologists from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society, the doctors agreed that preventing skin cancer would entail the promotion of a sun-safe lifestyle, beginning in childhood. Schools were identified as potential partners due to their concern for educating children about health issues, and their duty to protect children from harm while at school.