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Teaching children to be sun smart: an American study

An evaluation of interventions by the Nevada Cancer Coalition's Sun Smart Schools project to encourage sun safety

An evaluation of interventions by the Nevada Cancer Coalition's Sun Smart Schools project to encourage sun safety

Changing the mindset and subsequent behaviour of school children towards sun safety can be difficult, however reducing the risk for the development of skin cancer associated with childhood ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure is important.

Using a sample of pupils attending seven schools across the state of Nevada US, who have an even greater risk of skin cancers due to the state’s high altitude and number of annual reported sunny days, this American research pilot examined the effect of a sun smart curricula based intervention.

The Nevada Cancer Coalition's Sun Smart Schools project included presentations about the hazards of cumulative sun exposure and sun safety; advocacy and encouragement of sun screen use; provision of shade, and endorsement of sun protective clothing. The self-report pre-intervention questionnaires were

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