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Back-to-School Sun Safety Tips

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School is back in session, but that doesn't mean it's time to toss aside your sun protected items for next summer. During a typical school day, it's very common for children to receive a significant amount of sun exposure, particularly during recess. 

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, five or more suburbs in youth increases lifestyle melanoma risk by 80 percent.The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are also associated with 86 percent of melanomas and about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers.

Below are three recommendations for keeping your children safe while in school: 

1. Hat: Pack a hat in your child's school bag. This will help protect their head, face and neck from the sun. 

2. Clothing: Remember, the more skin you cover, the better. Opt for UPF protective clothing as well. UV Skinz offers a great line for babies and toddlers. 

3. Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen on your child in the morning before heading outside to catch the bus. If your school allows students to wear sunscreen*, opt to bring in some UV Stickers & Wristbands so your child's class can all enjoy them! 

*Please note: "Many schools don’t allow students to use sunscreen or wear a hat outdoors during the school day without written permission from a physician. The Skin Cancer Foundation has created a sun protection form that parents and doctors can sign, allowing students to bring these items to school, apply and use as needed. The form is available at www.skincancer.org/schoolnote."

Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation

Looking Beyond The Number of Moles

According to a new study from JAMA Dermatology, most melanoma patients do not have very many moles. This may come as a shock to many, especially since a person with a lot of moles is most of the time thought to be at a higher risk of cancer.

The study was led by Alan Geller of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The findings were surprising: about 66 percent of the 566 melanoma patients had zero to 20 moles total, and about 73 percent had no atypical moles.

Read more about it in TIME

This study showcases just how important it is to practice sun safety. Don't forget to apply sunscreen (and reapply!), get your skin checked (no matter how many moles or freckles you have) and seek shade when possible.

Have a suspicious mole on your skin? Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in a fun, easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma: