Posted by: tpsciencefun | October 25, 2011

Protect the Skin You’re In!

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Dear Torrey Pines Outdoor Enthusiasts–
As you know, all life on Earth needs sunlight to survive.  “Sunshine is both friend and foe.  The sun provides warmth and light, improves mental health, kills germs, and is essential for growth and development of most living things.
Unfortunately, excessive sun exposure can cause blistering sunburns, premature aging, cataracts, a weakened immune system, and skin cancer.  With over one million new cases each year, skin cancer is now considered epidemic.
  • THE GOOD NEWS; WITH A FEW SIMPLE  STEPS YOU CAN HELP PREVENT IT.
  • The best approach is to  educate and protect our students starting at a young age.
  • In Awesome Science we will  experiment with ultraviolet radiation (from the sun) and review the simple measures you can take to protect you’re skin while still having fun in the sun.
Facts and Figures:
  • About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65% of melanomas are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • Melanoma is the 2nd most common cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
  • One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.”
Stay tuned for more information or go to SunWise for Kids!!!
Ms. Isom

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