Knowledge is Power!
Skin Cancer is the most common cancer, and is the fastest growing cancer among teens and young adults. It can be preventable!
Did you know melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is linked to excessive sun exposure during childhood? Studies indicate that as few as four severe sunburns before age 16 greatly increases the risk of melanoma in later life.
Make sunscreen a morning habit, rain or shine, every day of the year. Apply it liberally to the face, top of the ears, back of the neck, and then to any other parts of the body that will be exposed. At the beach or the pool, reapply sunscreen whenever your child comes out of the water. To fully protect your child, long sleeves, pants, sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat are a must. Try to avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the brightest part of the day.
The number of reported cases of melanoma is rising in epidemic proportions. In 1960, the incidence was 1 in 2000. By 1999, those figures had leaped to 1 in every 80 individuals. Furthermore, melanoma is no longer an older persons disease. Skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer among teens and young adults. Kids get melanoma too!
Melanoma doesn’t discriminate by skin tone, either. Parents of every ethnicity should educate their children about the harmful effects of tanning. This is one of the most important things you can do to protect your childs long-term health.