Sun Safety Considerations for Campers
Long Hours Outdoors Increase Risk for Skin Cancer
New York, NY - Sports and outdoor activities are daily events for children attending camp. If children are not properly protected, the time they spend outdoors lead to painful sunburns, premature of aging and skin cancer.
"Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can double the risk of getting melanoma later in life," said Perry Robins, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. "That risk can be avoided by following some simple sun safety guidelines."
To find out if a camp is sun safe, the Foundation recommends asking the following five questions:
With proper guidance, children can learn to protect themselves and enjoy summer fun without sacrificing the health of their skin. For additional information, visit www.skincancer.org or call 1-800-SKIN-490.
The first organization in the U.S. that committed itself to educating the public and medical professionals about sun safety, The Skin Cancer Foundation is still the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research.
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