The Skin Cancer Foundation Offers Tips for Keeping Kids Sun-Safe This Summer

The Skin Cancer Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation
Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM.

With the school year over and summer officially here, kids are spending more time outdoors. Exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases skin cancer risk, which can be dangerous and even deadly. Suffering one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing potentially-deadly melanoma later in life.

However, skin cancer is highly preventable, and adopting a complete sun protection regimen can drastically reduce skin cancer risk. There are many things parents and caregivers can do to keep children sun-safe, whether they are at camp, the beach or just in the backyard.

“Children are more sensitive to the sun, and the sun’s rays are strongest during the summer months, when children tend to spend ample time outdoors,” says Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Teaching children to adopt a sun-safe lifestyle when they’re young will prevent skin cancer and encourage them to begin lifelong healthy skin habits.”

Help children enjoy outdoor activities safely this summer with these tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation:

At Summer Camp

    * Remind kids to seek the shade: Tell kids to play in shaded areas in order to limit UV exposure. Check with counselors to see if there are adequate places for campers to seek shade during outdoor activities taking place between 10 AM and 4 PM, when UV rays are most intense.

    * Dress kids in sun-protective clothing. For optimal protection from the sun, send kids to camp in tightly woven or knit, dark- or bright- colored fabrics. Don’t forget wide-brimmed hats (though a baseball cap is better than nothing) and wraparound, UV-blocking sunglasses.

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