Young, Janice Clark
March 2000
American Journal of Health Studies;2000, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p64
Academic Journal
Abstract: Sun exposure is the primary risk factor for skin cancer. This study assessed sun protection policies and the modeling of preventive behaviors at preschools and day care centers in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Forty-five facilities, enrolling 3,471 children, responded to the survey. Eighty-seven percent of the facilities did not have sun protection policies and 56% did not limit children's time in the sun. These facilities can provide critical primary prevention and education by implementing sun safety programs for children and their parents. Sun-safe practices adopted by parents, schools, and recreation programs can reduce the future incidence rates of skin cancer.


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