A large amount and variety of local resources and community activities are available to educate parents about the need and practice of sun safety. Some are listed inside. Come see what is available in your area.
The organizations that appear in this resource section do not necessarily endorse the products appearing in this site. However, all are active participants in the fight against skin cancer.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
Slip! Slop! Slap! What's that? It's the ACS's slogan to help people remember to protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays. Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and Slap on a hat. The ACS site has various resource centers with complete information on causes, risk factors, prevention, detection, treatment options and diagnosis of numerous types of cancer. Everyone has questions. Get some answers. Visit their site
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Long hours in the sun without proper eye protection increases your chances of eye disease. The AAO's "EyeNet" provides guidelines for choosing sun-protective eyewear. EyeNet is a leader in education for ophthalmologists and other professionals and provides of useful information about eye care to lay persons as well. AAO's mission is "To advance the lifelong learning and professional interest of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care." Your eyesight is a precious gift; learn how to take care of it. Visit their site
Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
The goal of the Melanoma Foundation is to encourage young people and families to protect themselves from melanoma and other skin cancers by playing it safe in the sun. The Foundation hosts and participates in many wonderful activities to raise awareness of skin cancer and its prevention and encourages the practice of sun safety. "Know the Skin You're In" It's worth it! Visit their site
SunWise School Program
This program, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was started in response to the serious public health threat posed by overexposure to the sun. Through the SunWise School Program, the EPA works with schools and communities across the nation to teach children in elementary schools and their parents how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Get your child's school involved. See what other schools have done to make their school "SunWise." Visit their site
"Choose Your Cover" Campaign
Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the "Choose Your Cover" skin cancer prevention campaign teaches about the unknown risks of tanning and overexposure and promotes the acceptability of skin protection. The campaign seeks to lower the incidence of skin cancer by disseminating primary prevention messages. Get involved - "Choose Your Cover".
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The Sunwise Stampede program is a research program developed at San Diego University. It seeks to encourage parents and children to protect themselves from UV rays while visiting the San Diego zoo. The Stampede uses a program of tip sheets, discount incentives, art projects and posted solar protection signs to encourage sun safety. The Sunwise Stampede resource package will ultimately be distributed to other zoos throughout the country to encourage similar programs. Join the Stampede.
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Pool Cool was jointly developed by the University of Hawaii and Boston University School of Medicine. This intervention program is provided at public swimming sites to increase awareness, skills, intentions, and practices for skin cancer prevention among parents, lifeguards, pool managers and children aged 5-10 years. Be cool at your local swimming pool. Visit their site
The Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention in Maryland was established to raise awareness about skin cancer. The Coalition assesses the knowledge and sun safety practices of children aged 10-13 and their parents. It educates this group about sun safety practices and the prevention of skin cancer and aims to make sun-safe behavior part of the routine for the citizens of Maryland. The Coalition gave birth to "SunGuard Man," from the planet Noburnne. Come watch the Adventures of SunGuard Man -- Guardian of Healthy Skin! Visit their site
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that encourages the growth of vital social networks in communities. KaBOOM!'s mission is to inspire individuals, organizations and businesses to join together to build much-needed, safe and accessible playgrounds. KaBOOM!'s Let Us Play Campaign, which aims to ensure that every child in America has a safe place to play, was launched at the 1997 President's Summit for America's Future. KaBOOM! plans to build, renovate or provide technical assistance to develop 1,000 community-built playgrounds by the end of the year 2001, with its focus on "child-rich, playground-poor" cities. A feature of KaBOOM!'s playgrounds is their shade areas, which offer children shelter from the sun. See if KaBOOM! has visited your neighborhood, or better yet, see how you can get involved in this wonderful cause. Visit their site
American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
Safe sun practices are important for everyone, but especially for our children as 80% of the sun's damage to the skin occurs during childhood and adolescence. A recent survey conducted by the AAD revealed that not enough of us are following the most basic sun exposure precautions. An alarming number of parents admitted never using sunscreen to protect their children. The AAD offers online information resources for both patients and medical professionals. Learn more about your skin and the sun, as well as other skin disorders. Visit their site. Take care of your skin.
The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH)
Albinism is a hereditary lack of pigmentation. People with albinism are in a high-risk group for sunburn and skin cancer. NOAH is a U.S.-based, non-profit, tax-exempt organization operated by volunteers. It provides information and support regarding albinism and related conditions, promotes education about these conditions, encourages research and funding for improved diagnosis and management of albinism, and provides networking for those with special interests related to albinism. NOAH constantly provides information and support through various programs, workshops and conferences, newsletters, support groups, its web site, television, newspaper articles and a host of other ways. Visit their site
Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to become hyperactive and attack normal tissue. Lupus can cause abnormalities in the skin, making those afflicted with this disease particularly vulnerable to the sun. The LFA is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the improved detection of lupus through increased awareness, alleviation of suffering through service and support and ultimately, the eradication of lupus through research. This national organization is an alliance of separately incorporated local chapters. Joining a local chapter for a nominal fee also secures membership in the national organization. Visit their site
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Safe sun habits are essential, especially for babies and children. A baby's skin is thinner than adult skin and will burn faster. Two or more blistering sunburns as a child or teen significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. The AAP offers advice for "Fun in the Sun" as well as much more information on a broad variety of questions you may have about the health of your child. The AAP and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP offers its support in many ways, including education, research, publications and, community-based programs to improve health care. Visit their site to discover what they have to offer your family.