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ERIC Number: EJ848629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Sun Protection Education for Healthy Children
Fulmore, Jason S.; Geiger, Brian F.; Werner, Karen A.; Talbott, Laura L.; Jones, Dina C.
Childhood Education, v85 n5 p293 2009
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between two and three million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year. In the event of further depletion of the ozone, these cases will increase dramatically (WHO, 2004). Within the United States, cancers of the skin are the most frequent type of cancer, with more than 1 million new cases occurring annually. It is a misperception that skin cancer is not a threat to youth, as exposure accumulates over a lifetime. Consequently, primary prevention must begin during early childhood to reduce excessive exposure to UV radiation, which is a contributing factor to malignant melanoma. Cumulative exposure also is a risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancers. In this article, the authors explore the long-term risks of exposure to ultraviolet radiation and provide invaluable information and resources for teachers and communities for educating children about skin cancer and sun protection, including: (1) school and community programs; (2) national standards and guidelines; (3) a content review of selected textbooks; (4) student learning activities by grade level; and (5) links to classroom resources. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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