First Sun Safety Book For Children Released This Month
A Book On Skin Cancer Prevention Reaching Children Soon
PROVO, Utah — Skin cancer prevention is no longer just for adults; young children will now have an opportunity to read how to keep themselves protected. After a two year process, the first children's skin cancer prevention book will be available Oct. 11 to students, teachers and parents everywhere.
The sun safety book, Skin Sense is a publication focused on children's awareness and prevention of skin cancer and sun damage. The book has been written for children ag's three to seven and is hoped to reach young children across the nation. Along with preschools and daycares, the book will be sent to skin cancer foundations across the United States.
"Eighty percent of one's lifetime's sun damage occurs before age 18," said Danielle M. White, co-founder and president of The Cancer Crusaders Organization. "We wanted to create a way for parents to understand why it is so important to protect their kids from skin cancer."
White collaborated with Lori Glickman of Florida, a volunteer with The Cancer Crusaders Organization, to create this book for elementary students. Glickman, a licensed clinical social worker and preschool teacher, offered to do the project because she knew the importance of teaching the children now. Glickman's daughter, Claudia, was recruited as the illustrator of the book to reach the children more effectively.
"Children have a great ability that once they understand a principle, it becomes a lifetime habit," White said. "This book will teach them, and hopefully skin cancer prevention will become a lifetime habit." White, the author of ONLY SKIN DEEP?, wrote the Afterword for Skin Sense.
The book will be available through the The Cancer Crusaders Organization to anybody who wants to increase awareness. All funds from the book are going toward the continued development of skin cancer education programs for youth. The book will hopefully be used by teachers as a part of school and community curriculum.
"I'd like to see all the preschools, daycares and elementary schools have a copy of the book," White said. "The kids could check Skin Sense out [of the library] and show their parents what they learned about skin cancer prevention. We want sun safety to become a family affair, and save lives from skin cancer, especially since the risk for skin cancer is so high."
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Laura Bird, PR Intern
The Cancer Crusaders Organization
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