Sun-Kissed Kids?

Don't let the wonder years become risky years: Protect your children from skin cancer while having fun in the sun.

Jim Williams

HealthKey.com contributor

May 7, 2010


"Mom, dad, can I go out and play?" How many times have you heard that? Even from an early age, kids love to spend time outdoors. Unfortunately, 54 percent of children burn or tan in their second summer, and 22 percent burn in their first, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Moreover, most kids receive between 50 and 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure before they turn 18 years old.

Most parents want their kids to have an active and healthy lifestyle, with plenty of outdoor exercise. However, the risk of too much sun can be a deterrent. But let's face it, you can't live your life inside; it's important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun, safely.

Parents should follow the American Cancer Society's Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap guidelines for protecting kids outdoors:

Some Risk Factors in Kids

Parents should be especially sun-conscious if their child has any of the following risk factors:
What You Should Know
For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society.