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National CDC Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer
Vol 51, No RR04;1 04/26/2002
Sun exposure in childhood can cause skin cancer later in life. This report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
presents guidelines for schools to implement a comprehensive approach
to reducing sun exposure and preventing skin cancer. Recommendations
are included for schools to reduce skin cancer risks through policies;
creation of physical, social, and organizational environments that facilitate
protection from UV rays; education of young persons; professional development
of staff; involvement of families; health services; and program evaluation.
The report includes a review of the scientific literature regarding the
rates, trends, causes and prevention of skin cancer.
International Guidelines for Schools from the World Health Organization
WHO's Global UV Project and Global School Health Initiative have produced "Sun
Protection - An Essential Element of a Health-Promoting School".
The document describes how to integrate sun protection into several components
of a health-promoting school: a healthy school environment, skills-based
health education, school health services, physical exercise and recreation,
health promotion for school staff, and community involvement and outreach.
Sun Safety For Kids
To counter the skin cancer epidemic, Sun Safety for Kids provides
information for school and summer camp administrators to use in developing
sun safety programs for the purpose of protecting children from the cancer-causing
effects of sun exposure.