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The Teacher Reporter
28 Jan 2009 00:00
January is skin cancer awareness month and, as 80% of skin damage occurs before the age of 18, children are at high risk of contracting skin disease.
Unprotected sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, which is a serious threat to children. The immediate effects might be painful sunburn, but later in life they may develop skin cancer.
Parents and teachers have an important role to play by promoting a positive attitude about skin protection.
They should ensure that children in their care take precautions against the harmful effects of the sun.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) recommends that schools implement a sun protection programme in consultation with the school community which:
Because school hours fall predominantly during the high-risk period of the day, learners should be encouraged to wear hats and protective clothing while outdoors, particularly during breaks when they are doing physical education or playing sport.
Schools should also:
For more information Cansa can be contacted on 011 616 7662 or by logging on to www.cansa.org.za
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