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8 Tips for Protecting Your Kids from Skin Cancer

by kelly / May, 17 2017 01:30

Picture of little girl playing in the water on the beach

I know it may sound odd but kids are also at risk of skin cancer. In fact, 40-60% of sun exposure occurs before the age of 20. Thus it’s important for adolescents to start good sun protection habits sooner rather than later.

In our on-going series to support Skin Cancer Awareness month this May – here’s info and advice on protecting kids and preventing adolescent skin cancer. As a soon to be mom I’m definitely going to be practicing these tips myself!

Child Skin Cancer Facts & Risk Factors

The figures below from the American Academy of Dermatology are not meant to scare parents. They are more to inform and help any parent understand the importance of early sun protection for their children.

  • Melanoma accounts for approximately 7% of all cancers diagnosed in 15 to 19 year olds
  • Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for young adults 15-29 years old
  • A person’s risk for melanoma can double if they have had more than 5 sunburns at any age
  • Unprotected sun exposure is even more dangerous for kids who have moles, freckles, very fair skin and light hair, or a history of skin cancer
  • Approximately 40-60% of sun exposure occurs before age 20. The more exposure to the sun, the greater the chances for getting skin cancer

8 Easy Ways to Protect Your Kids

Thankfully it’s simple to keep your kids safe and prevent skin cancer. These tips are easy for any parent to do.

  1. Apply sunscreen to them – one that provides broad spectrum protection with at least an SPF 30
  2. Minimize their summer sun exposure between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  3. Have your kids wear a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and UV protective clothing. Even while swimming, wear a UV swim shirt.
  4. Seek shade with your kids
  5. Check the UV index daily in the summer
  6. Check their skin at least once a year
  7. Keep babies under 6 months out of the sun
  8. Avoid tanning beds – teens seem especially attracted to these

Suncare Smarts for Kids

I’m excited for the arrival of my new little roommate. I’m definitely going to get her into suncare early on – of course how can I not as a co-founder of this company Laughing! Even if I wasn’t, I think skin cancer is a real concern that a few easy skin care habits can help prevent. Nothing is 100% foolproof, but following these tips will definitely help.

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