With the summer heating up this week to triple digits, Phoenix Children's is reminding parents to keep their children safe from the sun and heat. May is National Melanoma Month and doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital want parents to be aware of the dangers of sun exposure to children.
Dr. Harper Price, a pediatric dermatologist from Phoenix Children's, Dr. Ronald Hansen, and their colleagues as well as patients from the Dermatology Clinic have been treated for skin cancers, including several teens being treated for melanoma and a rare case of an 8-month-old patient who contracted melanoma from her mother in-utero.
Arizona has the second-highest rate of skin cancer incidents in the world (Australia is #1). More than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. Children are especially susceptible -- on average, kids get three times more exposure to the sun than adults. Only one blistering sunburn in childhood can double a child's risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour.
Price, believes parents can help their children by set good examples by practicing good sun protection themselves, and teaching all members of their family how to protect their skin and eyes. "Seek shade, keep your children out of the sun between the hours of 10am. and 4 pm., use hats and sunglasses, cover-ups and learn how to apply sunscreen correctly," said Price.
UV Skinz in partnership with local sun protective swimwear retailer ArtPlay Children's Boutique is honoring National Skin Cancer awareness Month with its "My First Skinz" program by donating 50 baby rashgards and other 50 + swimwear to the Dermatology Department at Phoenix Children's. The SPF swimwear fabric blocks 98% of the sun's harmful rays and helps protect children from sunburns and sun damaged skin later in life.