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Family Sun Safety

Posted By pcfadmin On March 8, 2011 @ 5:57 pm In | No Comments

Every person in your family should practice sun safety.

It is important for children to develop sun-safe habits early in life. When parents or caregivers are outdoors with a child, they should make sure the child is wearing a hat, applying sunscreen before playing outside, and re-applying sunscreen at proper intervals during play. These habits will stay with children into adulthood.

Offer children a great example by starting the habit of applying sunscreen before you leave the house. Remember, Start Early and Never Stop. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm all year ’round.
  • Always wear sunscreen with UVB and UVA exposure protective chemicals and with SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days.
  • Apply at least one ounce—about a shot glass full—of sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapply frequently — at least every two hours if in continuous sunlight.
  • Wear sunglasses treated to absorb ultraviolet (UV) radiation, use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 15, and wear tight-weave clothing with long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Children in particular should be protected from the sun because severe sunburns in childhood may greatly increase risk of melanoma in later life.

Additional Resources
ACS: Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection [1]
CDC: Protecting Children from the Sun [2]
EPA: Teach Your Children to be SunWise [3]

Article printed from Prevent Cancer Foundation: http://preventcancer.org

URL to article: http://preventcancer.org/prevention/reduce-cancer-risk/healthy-habits-for-children-and-families/family-sun-safety/

URLs in this post:

[1] Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/ped_7_1_Skin_Cancer_Detection_What_You_Can_Do.asp?sitearea=PED

[2] Protecting Children from the Sun: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/children.htm

[3] Teach Your Children to be SunWise: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/kids/index.html

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