The SunSafe programs are free and fun community-wide tools that preschools, schools, sports teams, town recreation programs, parents, and health care providers can use to promote sun protection among children.
Rates of malignant melanoma and other skin cancers are rising in the United States. Childhood burns may be the cause. Reducing sun burns and exposure to UV radiation among children under age 18 can prevent 90 percent of skin cancers later in life.
SunSafe offers program materials appropriate for three age groups:
- SunSafe for the Early Years is for children aged 2-9.
- SunSafe for the Middle School Years is aimed at teens.
Both programs offer teachers, principals, coaches, lifeguards, clinicians, and parents fun and educational ways to learn about UV radiation and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
- SunSafe for Adults contains posters and graphics for use in recreational, community, and business settings.
The SunSafe programs are based on research conducted by Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and funded by the National Cancer Institute.