Did you know…
Most people acquire 80% of their lifetime exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun before age 18. Many children spend 25% or more of their day outside during peak UV periods (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
SCREEN ME! Sun Safe Awareness and Education Program
Melanoma Network of Canada has developed an interactive educational presentation for children from grades 5-8. The presentation addresses the following learning objectives:
- Identify common myths about tanning, skin colour, time in the sun, seasonal and daily weather, who is at risk for skin cancer, at what age skin cancer can occur.
- Recognize the risk of exposure to the UV rays from the sun.
- Explain what skin cancer is and what happens if you get it.
- Describe how the ABCDE observation method can help to detect early potential signs of skin cancer.
- Describe factors such as family history and skin tone that may increase risk of skin cancer.
- Identify things you can do to reduce risk: wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen; cover up and seek shade.
If you would like to host a presentation in your school by representatives of Melanoma Network of Canada, please contact us.
Additional Educational Resources
If you are an educator and interested in helping to raise awareness and educate children in sun safe behaviours, you may freely download the materials below.