We’ve teamed up with the Inland Northwest Community Foundation to start “Stop the Burn,” a non-profit organization that encourages our community to work together to teach kids the importance of protecting their skin. Join us!
Idaho and Washington have among the highest skin cancer rates in the United States (CDC). Clouds filter out about 20% of UV radiation meaning we can get significant sun damage even on a cloudy day. To protect your skin, a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30+ should be applied 30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every 2-3 hours. Teacher’s can’t be expected to manage that task, so we are teaching our kids to protect themselves.
Facts to consider:
- Peak UV exposure is between 10am and 3pm every day during recess hours and play.
- Skin cancer is the most preventable and prevalent cancer in the United States.
- Each year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.
- Melanoma rates are rising faster than any of the seven most common cancers.
- It is estimated one in five people will develop skin cancer during the course of a lifetime.
- Over 5 sunburns at any age doubles the chance for melanoma.
- Tanning beds increase UVA exposure by 12 times that of normal sun exposure and are estimated to increase melanoma risk by 75%.
- There is no such things as a “safe” or “base” tan.
Play smart, have fun, protect your skin.
Help us share this message to our kids in schools and make a difference in our local communities.
$10 purchases a hat and associated education for one student!
Questions? Feel free to call Advanced Dermatology at (509) 456-7414.