Georgia Department of Public Health
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life. Damage from exposure to UV rays builds up over time, so sun protection should start at an early age. Most skin cancers can be prevented.
Skin Cancer Prevention in Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer, outlines steps that school communities can take to develop a comprehensive approach to reducing the risk for skin cancer among students, teachers, staff and visitors.
Skin Cancer Protective Behaviors
The CDC recommends using various methods that reduce exposure to the full spectrum of UV radiation as the first line of protection against skin cancer and using sunscreen as a complementary measure.
- Minimize exposure to the sun during peak hours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Seek shade from the midday sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses that protect the skin.
- Use a broad spectrum with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more.
- Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.