Schools policy on suncream; Are we protecting our kids??
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My young 9 year old daughter is currently dealing with the fact her dad is terminally ill with melanoma, a type of skin cancer which spreads from the skin to other organs. She has seen him deteriorate over the last 4 yrs and is barely recognisable as her dad anymore. He was told by his consultant that the most likely cause of his skin cancer will have been an incidence of sun burn as a child.
So why are our schools putting our kids at risk from future skin cancer ??
Some Schools in my local area have a policy of only once a day application of suncream at home in the morning. Suncream is not allowed to be taken in to school by kids and is not reapplied during the day. This is putting our children at RISK.
The British Association of Dermatologists, recommend sunscreen is reapplied liberally every couple of hours. Once a day application is inadequate as it can be poorly applied and accidentally removed during the day.
Research has indicated rapidly rising incidence of melanoma in children and a strong association between sun exposure during childhood and subsequent risk in adulthood (arch dis child 2006)
Please sign this petition if you feel schools are putting our children at risk from developing skin cancer later in life.
Cancer Research U.K. Have a sun protection guideline for primary schools, which I believe should be adopted across education authorities Countrywide.
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