Melanoma common in children but schools ban sun screen

Melanoma common in children but schools ban sun screen

Detroit : MI : USA | Jun 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM PDT
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Sunscreen Causes, Not Prevents Skin Cancer

Schools nationwide ban sunscreen leaving parents outraged

Forty-nine states have sunscreen bans in place at public schools. Sunscreen technically is listed under OTC medications (over-the-counter) in which school districts are allowed to impose their own rules concerning these medications which places sunscreen the same as Tylenol or aspirin.

Headlines of sunscreen outrage make the media since the story of a mother in Tacoma, Washington had become outraged after her two school aged girls, 11 and 9 years old were badly burned by the sun this week while being outside in the sun on a school field trip.

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School authorities in Washington State and other states in the nation state that the regulations are in place because of allergic reactions or medical conditions resulting from the use of sunscreen.

Dr. Eugene Bain, dermatologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute stated "The chances of a child having a reaction to sunscreen are much lower than the chance of having an adverse reaction to overexposure," according to reports by WGRZ. He further noted that skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer and affects millions of people each year.

The American Cancer Society states Melanoma the most serious form of skin cancer will account for more than 75,000 cases of skin cancer this year in the United States.

The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that 245 people in Michigan die from Melanoma each year and it accounts for up to three percent of all pediatric cancers.

Melanoma is seven times more common between the ages of ten and twenty, with 90% of pediatric melanoma cases occurring in girls aged ten to nineteen.

Schools in quest in ban sunscreen evidently missed the latest study published in the journal of Pediatrics which showed pre-adolescent children (under 12 years) who not use sunscreen on a regular basis many will endure sunburn at some point during their childhood.

Researchers had noted ideas are needed to promote sun protection. Other dermatologists who were not part of the study had agreed that the message needs to get across to children and young teens that over exposure to ultra violet light can be harmful.

Health experts recommend to always putting sunscreen on children before they venture outdoors and start sunscreen at the age of six months. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every 2 hours, sooner if the child has been swimming.

The CDC states use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside.

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 80 percent of harmful sun exposure occurs before age 18.

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About 76,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year in the United States
About 76,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year in the United States
Debbie Nicholson is based in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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