Solar UV radiation in schools: issues and risks for children and adolescents

Downs, Nathan and Parisi, Alfio (2011) Solar UV radiation in schools: issues and risks for children and adolescents. Household and Personal Care Today, 4. pp. 10-12. ISSN 2035-4614

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[Abstract]: Teachers and students attending schools potentially face a harsh environmental solar exposure risk on a daily basis. Solar ultraviolet radiation is a known carcinogen, yet the realities of exposure to the sun are not often detected until years or even decades later, until the development of a skin cancer or cancers are noticed. Each new school year brings with it the potential for summer sunburn. Many individuals, teachers and school children included, would be aware of the need to cover up, use hats, apply sunscreen and seek shade where possible while outdoors, but are these strategies really enough to protect school children from the harmful effects of exposure to sunlight in the long run? The importance of these strategies are presented and the role schools can play in instilling lifelong habits that will minimise the future disease risks related to childhood exposures to sunlight are discussed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Nathan Downs
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 02:08
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: ultraviolet, school, health risks
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9368

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