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1 Sun Wise “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up, knowing it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up knowing it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle….when the SUN comes up, you’d better be running.”

2 The Sun: Friend or Foe Vitamin D (The Sunshine Vitamin) There is a relationship between low vitamin D levels and poor bone health. Links have been made to everything from multiple sclerosis to prostate cancer.

3 Friend Getting some sun may shake off the winter time blues. Research suggests that light hitting your skin helps reverse seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

4 Dose Like most things in life, it’s the dose that counts. Some is beneficial, but too much can be very harmful.

5 Skin and Sun Sunlight is hard on your skin. There is evidence that exposure before your 20th birthday matters most.

6 Melanoma A large Scandinavian study of melanoma risk published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2003 found that ADOLESCENCE is the most dangerous time to get sunburn.

7 Melanoma Superficial Spreading

8 Melanoma beneath the fingernail

9 Melanoma facts The American Cancer Society estimates in ,110 fatalities 5,220 men, 2,800 women Melanoma is estimated at 59,940 33,910 men, 26,030 women

10 Sunburn Sunburn literally a burn on your skin, from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The consequence is inflammation of the skin. Injury can start within 30 minutes of exposure.

11 Sunburn Levels

12 “Hoot Owl” Sunburn

13 Premature aging (photoaging) of the skin and wrinkles Strong melanoma candidate

14 Both UVA and UVB are responsible for photoaging and sunburn. Tanning beds produce both UVA and UVB rays

15 Certain light-skinned and fair-haired people are at greater risk of sunburn injury

16 High risk sunburn Prior sun exposure & prior skin injury are risks for sunburn, even in limited exposure to the sun.

17 High Altitude: Skiers/Hikers/Climbers (Pic: Everest, North Col ice field)

18 Everest Climber UV Victim (Thin air, less UV protection)

19 Other sun related issues Premature Aging Severe Wrinkling Cancerous Skin tumors Pigmented Skin Lesion Development (moles) Premature Cataract Formation

20 Pigmented Skin Lesion

21 Mild Sunburn Symptoms Mild and uncomplicated cases of sunburn usually result in minor skin redness and irritation.

22 Severe Sunburn Symptoms More severe cases (sun poisoning) are complicated by severe skin burning and blistering, massive fluid loss (dehydration) electrolyte imbalance, and infection.

23 Seeking Medical Care View Justin Ward's map Taken in (See more photos here)more photos here Sorry, I know this is nasty and all. It's just something that needs to be documented (the public needs to know!). View Justin Ward's map Taken in (See more photos here)more photos here Sorry, I know this is nasty and all. It's just something that needs to be documented (the public needs to know!). Conditions that should motivate you to go to the hospital emergency room include the following:  Severe pain  Severe blistering  Headache  Confusion  Nausea or vomiting  Fainting

24 Prevention extensive time in the SUN AVOID

25 Prevention Other more practical strategies include wearing:  Wide-brim hats  Long-sleeve shirts  Long pants.

26 Sunscreen SPF 8 protects twice as long as SPF 4 Most sunburns can be prevented with SPF 15

27 Sensitive Skin SPF 30

28 Sunscreen Notes  Apply and Re-apply.  Apply in generous amounts & in layers.  Activities such as sweating and swimming degrade its effectiveness.  Sunscreens are not waterproof.  Words sunblock, waterproof, and all day protection are no longer used.

29 Drug Sensitivity Some drugs such as antibiotics, antipsoriatics (prescribed for skin conditions) and acne medicines can cause sun sensitivity.

30 Tanning Salons "Tan indoors with absolutely no harmful side effects" "No burning, no drying, and no sun damage" "Unlike the sun, indoor tanning will not cause skin cancer or skin aging“ True or False??

31 False  Tanning indoors damages your skin.  The tanners emit ultraviolet rays.  Tanning occurs when the skin produces additional pigment to protect itself from ultraviolet rays.  Overexposure can cause eye injury, premature wrinkling, and light-induced skin rashes.  Chances of developing skin cancer increase.

32 Other False Claims "You can achieve a deep year-round tan with gentle, comfortable, and safe UVA light.“ "No harsh glare, so no goggles or eye shades are necessary.“ "Tan year round without the harmful side effects often associated with natural sunlight."

33 Be Wise! Sun Wise!

34 This Children's Environmental Health presentation was made possible through a grant from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

35 Credits Charles Lichon, R.S., M.P.H., Creator of Children’s EH Program, Midland County Health Department (CHD) Michigan Nancy Atwood, M.S., Midland CHD (MI) Sanitarian Christine Rogers, Meth Response Coordinator, Kalamazoo CHD, MI Robert Wolfe, R.S., Midland CHD (MI) Sanitarian John Demerjian and Linda Van Orden, Wayne CHD, MI, Body Art National Environmental Health Association (NEHA.org) for website storage and oversight. NOTE: Permission to use this and all Children’s EH Power Point presentations is granted thru NEHA, however, all grant and credit notices and informational slides must be used during each presentation.

36 Other presentations include:  Body Art  Careers in Environmental Health  Food Safe Issues  Household Hazardous Waste  Meth and Teens  Recreational Water  Sun Wise Contact NEHA.org for more information

37 For more Information about this presentation, contact: (Local Health Dept Name here)


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