June = Skin Cancer Awareness Month

(Courtesy of ArizonaEdventures.com)

About 50% of an individual’s sun exposure occurs by age 18.
2. UV radiation increases 5% for every 1,000-foot gain in elevation.
3. Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays, while beach sand reflects 15%.
4. The sun’s rays can reach through three feet of water.
5. Sunlight coming through a window or windshield can damage your skin.
6. Small daily doses of UVA rays can cause long-term injury to your skin, even without any sunburn.
7. Dermatologists agree that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan.”
8. Children and adolescents who experience a single blistering sunburn are twice as likely to develop skin cancer later in life.
9. A sun-sensitive person can get a minor sunburn in approximately five minutes on a sunny midday in June.
10. Arizona has the highest rate of skin cancer among the fifty states and one of the highest rates in the world.

(Even if you are being more careful than ever about your exposure to the sun, you may be surprised at the answers to some of the above questions. All of them are true!)

For more information, see http://www.arizonaedventures.com/articles/arizona/play-it-safe-in-the-sun

http://coolshade.tamu.edu – It’s Cool in the Shade, from Texas A&M

http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/body_basics/tanning.html – Tanning taboos for teens

http://www.sunprecautions.com/about/protection – Why Wear Sun Protective Clothing

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One thought on “June = Skin Cancer Awareness Month

  1. I got Invasive Malignant Melanoma 4 years ago. Surprising at mid 40’s considering there is no family history. Then the doctor asked if I ever used tanning salons. Although not often, I had “tanned” a few times to get a “base tan” before summer, before my wedding, etc. I got a few sunburns as a young adult, but my mom was really good at protecting us as children. Long story short, the cancer had not progressed past this small itchy mole on my back. Now I have to go in for full body checks every 6 months because I’m more than 50% more likely to make another malignancy. I tell everyone that “pale is perfect”. You’d think my 23 and 20yo children would heed my experience and wear sunshirts or at least use sunscreen (I even buy them the least toxic and best for their skin). Sadly, they are foolish more times than is wise.
    So remember 15 min. in the sun is all you need to get your daily vit.D3. Then wear safe sunscreen, protective clothing (including over your swimsuits), and stay in the shade when possible. Prevent sunburns and NO tanning booths. Thanks for posting your warning to the homeschool community.

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