WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to raise awareness for skin cancer prevention, Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) on behalf of the Skin Cancer Caucus and along with Representatives David Joyce (OH-14), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Evan Jenkins (WV-3), and Jim Cooper (TN-5), introduced a resolution in the House that expresses support for state, local, and community initiatives to encourage parents, teachers, camp counselors, and child-care professionals to take measures to prevent sunburns in the minors they care for.

“Skin cancer can be prevented if the proper precautions, such as wearing sunscreen, are taken, and it’s important that we instill that message into the children in our communities,” Dent explained. “Parents, teachers, and other professionals who are responsible for the well-being of our young people have a unique position of both authority and influence to encourage these skin cancer prevention behaviors at a young age. One horrible sunburn as a child can nearly double the chance that he or she may develop melanoma later in life. This is a simple measure we can take to ensure cancer prevention becomes a regular part of our children’s lives.” 

In many schools, sunscreen is not allowed without physician authorization. In these cases, sunscreen is usually required to be stored in a locked cabinet in the nurse’s office, despite no published studies showing that sunscreens that meet FDA standards are toxic or hazardous to human health. This resolution, H.Res. 854, would simply express support for federal, state, and local efforts to exempt sunscreen from over-the-counter medication bans in schools, as well as emphasize proper sun-safe behaviors. 

“Skin cancer prevention begins at an early age – that means teaching children that wearing sunscreen is important,” Congressman Evan Jenkins added. “Taking a few minutes to apply sunscreen can prevent cancer in the years to come, and it’s critical that teachers, caregivers, and other responsible adults have ready access to sunscreen for children in their care. I want to thank Congressman Dent for his tireless efforts and leadership on such a critical issue, preventing cancer in future generations. Preventing skin cancer is an issue we can all support.”

 

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