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Educate kids on danger of sunlight

Posted - Nov. 26, 2004 at 3:20 p.m.



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ATLANTA, Nov 26, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A task force recommends educating young children in U.S. schools on the link between ultraviolet light and skin cancer and on how to protect themselves.

Warnings should be provided for adults at beaches, resorts and other places where long exposure to sunlight is likely, the Task Force on Community Prevention Services, said in a report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The task force, chaired by a scientist for the Centers of Disease Control, reviewed evidence on how best to convince the public to wear hats and other sun-protective clothing or remain in the shade.

The group recommends giving children information in their primary schools and said that the younger they are the more likely they are to respond.

Adults should be warned by posting signs at beaches and other spots where people are likely to be exposed and providing written information on protection.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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