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Sun Safety Tips
Protect yourself this summer
With summer fast approaching, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital offers tips on how to protect your child from sun damaging rays. It is part of the Girl Scout's Sun Safety patch program available to Girl Scout troops and offered at many of the Girl Scout summer day camps.
Melanoma, one of the most deadly of all skin cancers, is increasing faster than any other group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980. It is the most common form of cancer for young adults (25-29 years old) and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults (15-29 years old). However, if caught early, melanoma can be effectively treated.
The Girl Scout Sun Safety patch program educates girls about the unseen, but dangerous, ultraviolet rays from the sun. At Girl Scout day camps, girls will learn about the causes and types of skin cancer, and how to protect themselves. Using special UV-sensitive beads and nail polish, girls make bracelets and manicures that turn colors when exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Girl Scouts who successfully master this topic receive a Sun Safety patch, (which also changes colors when exposed to ultraviolet rays.)
The Girl Scout Sun Safety patch program offers the following tips:
(Source: American Cancer Society)
The Sun Safety patch program was made possible by a generous donation from the Gendell Family Foundation.
Posted: May 20, 2011