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Published on February 25, 2008

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It’s Cool in the Shade::  It’s Cool in the Shade: The Savage Facts About Skin Cancer and the Killer Tan Instructor-Introduction Hello! My name is _____ and I am a volunteer with Texas Cooperative Extension. Today we are going to talk about how you can be cool in the shade—by protecting your skin and yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Now, lots of people think that the only way to protect yourself from the sun is to stay inside all the time, but I think that would be pretty boring. What do you think? What I want to tell you is that there are lots of ways to play it safe with the sun and still enjoy being outside. Are you ready to learn? Well then, let’s get started!:  Instructor-Introduction Hello! My name is _____ and I am a volunteer with Texas Cooperative Extension. Today we are going to talk about how you can be cool in the shade—by protecting your skin and yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Now, lots of people think that the only way to protect yourself from the sun is to stay inside all the time, but I think that would be pretty boring. What do you think? What I want to tell you is that there are lots of ways to play it safe with the sun and still enjoy being outside. Are you ready to learn? Well then, let’s get started! Test Your Sun Sense… Question 1:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 1 Early morning Early evening Mid-day Late evening The sun’s rays are the most dangerous during: Instructor Answer 1:  Instructor Answer 1 Mid-day The hours from 10:00am—3:00pm are when the sun’s rays are the hottest and can cause the most damage. If you have to be out in the sun during this time, take extra precautions and find some shade to take a break. Test Your Sun Sense… Question 2:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 2 1 inch 3 inch 2 inch 4 inch You should wear a hat with a brim for the best protection: Instructor Answer 2:  Instructor Answer 2 3 inch A hat with a minimum 3 inch brim protects your ears and the back of your neck while also protecting your face and the top of your head. Baseball caps only protect your face and nose, they leave your ears and neck exposed. Test Your Sun Sense… Question 3:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 3 True False Skin cancer is a disease that only happens to old people, not teenagers: Instructor Answer 3:  Instructor Answer 3 False Skin cancer is becoming a problem for more and more young people—especially those in their late teens and early twenties. Most of the sun damage that causes skin cancer occurs before age 18. This means that it is important for you to protect yourself from the sun now! Test Your Sun Sense… Question 4:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 4 True False People who tan easily don’t have to worry about skin cancer: Instructor Answer 4:  Instructor Answer 4 False Even if you don’t burn when you’re out in the sun, the sun’s rays are still causing damage to your skin—this damage is what causes skin cancer. Test Your Sun Sense… Question 5:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 5 Short-sleeved shirt Long-sleeved shirt Sleeve-less shirt T-shirt You should cover up with this type of shirt when you are outside in the sun: Instructor Answer 5:  Instructor Answer 5 Long-sleeved shirt Shirts with long sleeves provide the best protection from the sun—especially if they are tightly woven cotton. Dark colors are best because the reflect more of the sun’s harmful rays than lighter colors do. Test Your Sun Sense… Question 6:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 6 True False Tanning beds are safer than laying out: Instructor Answer 6:  Instructor Answer 6 False Even though your skin may not get burned if you are in a tanning bed, UV rays are still penetrating your skin and causing damage.In fact, indoor tanning is just as dangerous as tanning outdoors. The rays actually penetrate deeper into your skin and cause more serious damage. Test Your Sun Sense… Question 7:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 7 As you are walking out the door 1 hour before you go outside 30 minutes before you go outside After you are out in the sun for a little while You should put sunscreen on: Instructor Answer 7:  Instructor Answer 7 30 minutes before you go outside This allows time for the sunscreen to soak in so that it can protect your skin—also remember to reapply your sunscreen often especially if you are sweating or in the water. The best way to apply sunscreen is to smooth it over the area gently a few times. This lets the skin absorb what it needs. Rubbing it in entirely makes the sunscreen lose some of its protection power. Test Your Sun Sense… Question 8:  Test Your Sun Sense… Question 8 Protecting your skin from damage Nothing but a color change A sign of injury to your skin Proving that you are healthy A tan is: Instructor Answer 8:  Instructor Answer 8 A sign of injury to your skin A tan is like a big scab trying to protect your skin from more damage For More Information about Sun Safety, Please visit our website :  For More Information about Sun Safety, Please visit our website http://coolshade.tamu.edu Thanks for Playing!:  Thanks for Playing! Any Questions? Instructor Page 9 I know we covered lots of things today, but everything we talked about is an important part of sun safety. Does anyone have any questions about something we talked about? (at this point, use the fact sheet to answer any questions they might have. If you don’t know the answer, tell them that they can log on to the cool shade site and find out, or they can email their question to Courtney Schoessow. Her email address is c-schoessow@tamu.edu) If no one has any other questions, I am going to hand out a short quiz to help us see what you learned today. These won’t be graded, so don’t get stressed! Once you are finished, please pass your quizzes to me! Thanks again for letting me come and visit with you today! :  Instructor Page 9 I know we covered lots of things today, but everything we talked about is an important part of sun safety. Does anyone have any questions about something we talked about? (at this point, use the fact sheet to answer any questions they might have. If you don’t know the answer, tell them that they can log on to the cool shade site and find out, or they can email their question to Courtney Schoessow. Her email address is c-schoessow@tamu.edu) If no one has any other questions, I am going to hand out a short quiz to help us see what you learned today. These won’t be graded, so don’t get stressed! Once you are finished, please pass your quizzes to me! Thanks again for letting me come and visit with you today!

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