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U.S. Schools Are Missing Opportunities to Protect Children from UV Rays

Parents rely on the school system to educate and protect their children. Recent studies have shown that when it comes to skin cancer, U.S. schools are missing an opportunity to do just that. Children are just as susceptible to skin cancer as adults. Some children have conditions that predispose them to skin cancer. Diligent efforts need to be taken to protect these children. However, some schools refuse to allow children to protect themselves with sunglasses and hats, even after legislation has passed. Another missed opportunity comes from tiny steps that could easily be put into practice. Schools could do more to promote the use of protective equipment, such as hats, sunglasses, and sun screen. Another important step that can be taken is to restrict the amount of time kids spend in the sun. While some sun exposure is important – everyone needs a healthy dose of Vitamin D, after all – it's essential to keep kids out of the sun during the brightest times of day. According to KidsHealth.org, it is believed that Melanoma is closely associated with severe sunburns from UVA and UVB rays before the age of 20. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Recent research, reported on by Reuters, found that only 13% of classrooms have sunscreen on-hand. And only 28% of teachers allow children the time to apply the product. When it comes to sun exposure and children’s health, there is still much to be done. If you want to do more, talk to your school or your local board of education.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Dermatology, online March 3, 2017.