School Lunch & Sun Safety Partnership Program

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A high level of sun exposure during childhood is an important risk factor for the future development of skin cancer. Skin cancer risk can be greatly reduced if children and adolescents are protected from UV radiation, suggesting the value of protecting young people from the sun at an early age.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Not only does UV radiation from the sun cause premature aging and skin cancer, it can also reach you even when you are attempting to avoid it! UV radiation can penetrate clouds and glass, and bounce off of snow, water, and sand. Additionally, sun damage accumulates over the years from prolonged outdoor sun exposure and other activities such as walking the dog, going from your car to the store or other buildings, and bringing in the mail.
This is why preventing skin cancer by protecting your skin completely warrants a comprehensive approach. The Colorado Melanoma Foundation recommends that you:
  • Seek shade from the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Cover up with Sun Protective, or UPF rated, Clothing.
  • Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat to protect your head, face, and neck.
  • Don't forget your UV Blocking Sunglasses to shield your eyes.
  • Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. Make sure to re-apply every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Don't get sunburned!
  • Avoid tanning and NEVER use tanning beds!
  • Examine your skin from head-to-toe once a month.
  • See a dermatologist annually for a professional skin exam.

Sun Safety Tips from The Sun Bus

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The Colorado Cancer Coalition, EltaMD and The Sun Bus have come together to provide FREE sunscreen samples and sun safety education to more than 5,100 Jefferson County Public School students.