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Skin Cancer, Ultraviolet Rays & Human Subjects

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

The month of MayMay is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

For Teachers & Students

Diagram of healthy skin verse skin cancer. Taken From: http://www.humanillnesses.com/original/Se-Sy/Skin-Cancer.html
TAKEN FROM: CDC Guidelines for School Programs To Prevent Skin Cancer

School-based programs can play an important role in achieving the following national Health Objectives for the Year 2010 related to skin cancer prevention:
  1. Increase the proportion of persons who use at least one of the following protective measures that might reduce the risk for skin cancer: avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., wear sun-protective clothing when exposed to the sun, use sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) >15, and avoid artificial sources of UV light; and
  2. Reduce deaths from melanoma to <2.5 per 100,000 persons

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and divided into two main categories – melanoma and non-melanoma. For more basic skin cancer information from the CDC, click here.

Sunny Days, Healthy Ways (SDHW) is sun safety curriculum for school-age children. The SDHW was expected to increase knowledge of solar protection in all grades. To view the following documents, you will need Adobe Reader. If your computer does not have adobe reader, click on the icon below. Click here to download Adobe Reader

KidsHealth <http://www.kidshealth.org/index.html> is for teachers or students looking for health-related articles or interactive projects. It covers a multitude of issues including stress management, diseases, nutrition, emotions and the human anatomy. KidsHealth in the Classroom Teacher's Guide has discussion questions, activities, and reproducible handouts--all aligned to National Standards.

CancerEd <http://hometown.aol.com/cancered/> is an organization dedicated to helping children understand cancer by bringing childhood cancer awareness workshops into schools and communities. Using our video to introduce the subject of cancer in our workshop presentation, we explore the emotional, physical, and psychosocial aspects of childhood cancer with students and teachers in a classroom setting.

Skin Cancer Foundation Logo
The Skin Cancer Foundation <http://www.skincancer.org/> is the only national and international organization that is concerned exclusively with the world's most common malignancy -- cancer of the skin. This site provides valuable resources for educating parents, teachers, other caregivers and children about protecting themselves against the harmful rays of the sun all year round. 1-800-SKIN-490 or email info@skincaner.org

Skin Cancer Foundation List of Recommended Products [PDF] Download Adobe Reader

The National Cancer Institute on Skin Cancer <http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/skin> has information on treatment, prevention, causes, genetics, clinical trials, statistics, testing/screening and research projects. 1-800-4-CANCER
National Cancer Institute

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Lesson Planet <http://www.lessonplanet.com/> is fee-based search engine for teachers. You can save time and teach better! Search over 80,000 online lesson plans, reviewed and rated by experienced K-12 teachers. There are many lessons plans for skin cancer in all grade levels.

A program called Partners in Health Sciences targets K-12 teachers and students. Cancer prevention education for the K-12 student population can affect lifestyle path decisions and prevent skin cancer later in life. View the PDF below to learn more:

American Cancer Society (ACS) on Skin Cancer <http://www.cancer.org/doc root/CRI/CRI_2_1x.asp?dt=39> has resources on what is skin cancer, risk factors, early detenction, staging, stories of hope and inspiration and other pertinent facts. In addition, check out the full range of books available from the ACS bookstore. 1-800-ACS-2345
Unhealthy skin

American Academy of Dermatology Read the 2006 Skin Cancer Fact Sheet.

Contents on this webpage were developed by Stephanie Nardei Outreach Information Specialist, Center of Toxicology, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona.

PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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