The Burning Issue
School districts have taken strong measures to protect students and staff from exposure to certain known carcinogens like asbestos, radon and tobacco smoke. However, exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, another human carcinogen, has been widely overlooked despite its presence on every school campus.
The urgent need for action is supported by alarming statistics. The incidence of skin cancer in the U.S. has increased dramatically since the 1970s. The rate is rising faster than any other type of cancer. This year there will be more new cases of skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined. Every hour, one American will die from skin cancer.
Skin cancer is highly preventable. School districts can create policies that help educate and protect students and staff as they have done with other health risks. Policy and education are essential because, while schools cannot rid themselves of UV rays, they can learn to reduce their harm. Sun Safe Colorado can help your district develop effective sun safety policies, procedures, and implementation plans.
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This Year's Fast Facts:
- 76,690 new cases of melanoma are expected in the U.S.
- 9,480 melanoma deaths are expected in the U.S.
- 1,310 new cases of melanoma are expected in Colorado.
(National Cancer Institute & American Cancer Society)