Prevention is our greatest weapon in the war against skin cancer and the only way that we will reduce the climbing rate of this often devastating disease. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “The number of Americans who have had skin cancer at some point in the last three decades is estimated to be higher than the number for all other cancers combined, and skin cancer incidence rates have continued to increase in recent years.” Even more alarming, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has become one of the most common types of cancer among our nation’s adolescents and young adults. One blistering sunburn for a child can double their chances of skin cancer in their lifetime.
More Nevada children are now engaging in sun safe behaviors and decreasing their risk of skin cancer thanks to participating in Sun Smart Schools! This school-based program for preschool, elementary, middle, and high schools is designed to establish a culture of sun safety for our children while promoting outdoor exercise and activity; and build healthy habits to carry on through adulthood. The program includes: 1) age-appropriate sun safety and skin cancer prevention curriculum in the classroom, 2) sunscreen and shade on school campuses, and 3) development of school specific and school district policies for sun safety.
Saving lives with sunscreen and education!