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Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention
and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.
The Foundation’s vision is “to educate children throughout the country and give them
the skills necessary to make healthy sun safety choices throughout their lives.”
As the Foundation grows we will continue to advocate for school districts throughout
the country to require sun safety education as part of their curriculum.
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Dear Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Child Care Providers, (Download the PDF)
We are pleased to provide you with the following in formation on sun safety. So please take a moment to read this and see how you can encourage young people and families to protect themselves from melanoma and other skin cancer by playing it safe in the sun!
One person dies from melanoma every 50 minutes. Florida is the state with the second highest incidence of melanoma in the Country! A person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life is directly related to his or her exposure to the sun between the ages of 0-18 years of age. Cases of melanoma are being discovered on children as early as 4 year of age!
Skin cancer does not discriminate. Although people with lighter skin are more at risk, anyone can get skin cancer!
Protect yourself and your family by following these simple rules:
- Reduce exposure to the sun during peak hours, 10am – 4pm. (Seek shade)
- Don’t BURN! One or more sunburns before the age of 18 increases your risk of getting melanoma.
- Always wear sun block with at least an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30-50+. It is best if you apply sunscreen in two thin layers. (especially if the SPF is lower than 30; it will still effective) Wear lip protection as well, also with SPF15-30.
- Reapply sun block every two hours, particularly after swimming, sweating or any outdoor activity.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories when possible, including a wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sun glasses. Many stores sell clothing with SPF already in the fabric! RIT Dye also sells a product, when added to your wash, creates such a V barrier on clothing. ALL OTHER exposed areas need to have sun block applied. Remember that even when it’s cloudy, you can still burn! Water, snow, and cement are all reflective surfaces that intensify your UV exposure.
- DO NOT GO INTO A TANNING BOOTH! 10 minutes in a tanning bed is like 4 hours of sun! Having a tan for Prom and “Homecoming/Spring Break” is not a reason to damage your skin!
Get to know your skin and that of your family. Look for any new or unusual marks such as moles or freckles and be aware of any changes over time. Schedule regular dermatological check ups and have a full body examine by time you are thirty years old, or sooner.
Watch the You Tube video entitled, “Dear 16 Year Old Me”
Download Free Smart Phone Apps for EPA (UV Index) and EWG (Sunscreen Guidelines).
For a list of all the Current Events – click here >
#SunSmartSummer2017 Photo Contest Summer is here! We at RDK want to make sure you are staying Sun Smart while you enjoy your fun in the sun. Here’s How - It’s Easy! Take a photo of yourself, family, and/or friends being Sun Smart. Post the photo to Instagram, Twitter,...read more
Nathan and Fran Nachlas, of Boca Raton, with the SafeSun sunscreen dispenser they installed at South Inlet Park. Nathan, a reconstructive surgeon who operates on people’s faces after melanoma removal, and Fran, a nurse, founded SafeSun, a not-for-profit venture, with...read more
Melanoma Monday Art Contest Downloads
Below you will find the documentation you need for the Melanoma Monday Art Contest.
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Hand Outs
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Links & Apps
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Letter to the School
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – No Tanning!
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Power Point Presentations
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Projects by Grade
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – School District / Other Endorsements
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Students Against Melanoma Clubs – (SAM) Tool Box
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Sunscreen Dispenser Unit
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – SunSmart Brochure
Melanoma – Survivor Stories and Remembering Special People
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Teacher Motivation
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Video Links
The SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum and Resources help promote sun safety education, prevention and early detection of skin cancer.
Contact the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
The Melanoma Foundation is one of the first organizations in the country that has been on the cutting edge of skin cancer preventive education and the only organization in Florida. After extensive review of health education literature, the Foundation selected the successful SunSmart curricula from Australia on which to base its many programs and adapt to local educational standards and environment. The Foundation utilizes SunSmart America™ for grades K-12.
Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
v: 561-655-9655 | f: 561-655-9650
2751 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2A, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405