Sun Protection and Kids at the Beach

Excess sun exposure during childhood clearly increases one's risk for developing skin cancer as well as premature aging of the skin (photoaging).

The total number of skin cancers is increasing. Malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, as well as basal cell and squamous cell cancers are being reported more frequently.

Early detection and prevention are extremely important in reducing injury and death from skin cancer. Detection involves observing the skin for changes, including color and texture of the skin, itching, and changes in the size of pigmented and non- pigmented skin areas. Prevention recommendations include avoiding excess sun, covering up the skin with clothing or sunblocks, and regularly applying sunscreens when exposed to the sun.