The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2015

The 2012 edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal features medically reviewed, reader-friendly articles such as tanning, the increasing incidence of skin cancer diagnoses among young women, & the prevalence of melanoma among white males over 50.

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THE GOOD NEWS Fortunately, daily sun safety can prevent almost all these problems. Here's what you as a parent can do: 74 FINALLY, have your child examined in the early teen years by a dermatologist. Just seeing adult patients in the waiting room with bandages on their faces is a great lesson on the effects of the sun. Hearing a dermatologist's advice instead of a parent's can be very powerful. 1 Make sure that shade is available for your child: pavilions, large umbrellas, canopies, awnings, shade sails and shade trees. Lobby schools and parks to build protective structures and plant shade trees. 2 Apply sunscreen to any part of your child's body that will be sun-exposed throughout the day -- even on cloudy days and during winter. Choose an SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. When you can, reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or heavy sweating. Kids prefer light, non-greasy sunscreens; sunsticks can be helpful for small, delicate, hard-to-pinpoint places such as noses, lips, and around the eyes. If you use spray sunscreen, spray it into your hands first and apply manually to make sure you are covering all skin areas evenly. Look for labels that read "sensitive" or "baby," which are easier on a child's skin. If your child spends time at the beach or pool, use a water-resistant sunscreen that will last up to 80 minutes even in the water. 3 Show your kids how to apply sunscreens properly by applying it on yourself. Don't forget the feet, the backs of the hands, behind the neck, tops of the ears and behind the ears. 4 Dress your child in densely woven, bright- or dark-colored sun-protective clothing, ideally with long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Fashionable sports options such as rash guards and sun shirts available today are attractive options for kids. 5 Provide a hat – ideally wide-brimmed but at least a baseball cap. 6 Provide 99 percent UV-blocking sunglasses to avoid later eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, eye cancers and eyelid cancers. 7 Place sunshades or have UV-protective window film applied on rear and backseat windows of cars. If not, be sure your kids wear sunscreen, sunglasses and hats in the car for day trips. 8 Teach your kids about the dangers of sun exposure and tanning beds, and explain why protecting themselves is crucial. Children are very visual learners: illustrate the sun's effects with a dried raisin or an old leather shoe. 9 Lobby school administrators to allow students to wear hats and apply sunscreen at school. 10 Encourage teachers and coaches to take scheduled breaks to allow children to reapply sunscreen, and promote the use of hats during outdoor after-school practices. 11 Lobby your local school district to bring curricula like The Skin Cancer Foundation's "Sun Smart U" to their schools to increase sun protection awareness. CUT THIS OUT AND SHARE IT WITH A FRIEND! A Sun Day In The Life Of Your Child | Cynthia J. Price, MD

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