Posts Tagged ‘melanoma’

Limit the Sun, Not the Fun- Be SunWise!

July 31st, 2013

A recent report by the American Cancer Society, suggests what many Arizonans may have suspected, that skin cancer is on the rise. An estimated 82,770 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013. In Arizona, one in five of us is likely to develop some form of skin cancer.  The most common cause is overexposure to UV Rays, those invisible rays that come from the sun and tanning lamps and cause sunburns and suntans.  

Protecting skin from sunburn and suntan is key, especially among the under-18 crowd who gets more exposure than adults. The ADHS SunWise Program has been around 10 years, educating kids at over 1100 elementary and middle schools who are required to teach sun safety.   They’re not alone.  Our Offices of Childcare Licensure and Empower Program support the SunWise message.  In fact, all Arizona’s licensed childcare facilities now implement sun safety policies and provide outdoor shaded play area for children under their care.  To learn more about SunWise and Tips to keep yourself safe and prevent skin cancer, visit our SunWise website.

Limit the Sun, Not the Fun

June 8th, 2010

School is out & the UV index will be over 10 for the next couple of months, meaning that it’s sun safety season.  Since the majority of a person’s lifetime exposure to the sun occurs by the age of 18, it’s crucial to protect and educate parents and children about the simple steps to take to limit sun exposure.   With little more than a good idea and some pocket change from the preventive health block grant, we created the Arizona SunWise School Program in 2003.  In August 2005, Arizona became the first state to mandate sun safety education by requiring that all K-8 public and charter schools teach the SunWise Sun Safety School Program.

The SunWise Program shows kids & teachers simple steps they can take to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Children also develop an understanding of the environmental concepts related to sun safety.  Students demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks at an early age. These good sun safety habits can last a lifetime.  Also, here’s a link to common-sense Skin Cancer Prevention materials from the CDC for families and summer schools.  You can also tell someone how to protect their skin from the sun with CDC’s Skin Cancer electronic greeting card.

The SunWise program works with the Arizona Diamondbacks every year on a Sun Safety Poster – the winner was announced at last night’s Diamondbacks game – check it out on our Facebook page.

Also, a new study this week found that frequently using indoor tanning studios increased melanoma (skin cancer) risk no matter when the person started to go to indoor tanning salons.  Elevated risks were found with all different kinds of tanning beds.  You can see the Full Text (PDF) of the article on-line.