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09 June 2010

Protect your kids from sun damage

It takes just one blistering sunburn in childhood to increase a kid's risk of developing melanoma or some other skin cancer later in life.

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It takes just one blistering sunburn in childhood to increase a kid's risk of developing melanoma or some other skin cancer later in life.

Parents need to think about the risk of skin cancer as summer arrives and children spend most of their time outside in the sun.

Experts offer these tips to protect children from the sun's harmful rays:

  • Make sure they wear sunscreen year-round.
  • Reapply their sunscreen every two hours when they are swimming or playing sports.
  • Teach them to wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses. Remind them to head for the shade to reduce sun exposure.
  • A full-body skin examination should be a routine part of a child's health care.

Visit our Cancer Condition Centre.

(Health24)

 
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