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Sun Safety Education

Schools can play an important part in protecting children and teens from sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer in the future. Teaching students about sun safety is one important way schools can help reduce skin cancer.

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People 2020 has one objective regarding sun safety education. Objective ECBP-4.4 aims to increase the proportion of elementary, middle, and high schools that educate students about sun safety. Unfortunately, schools have not met this target, and the overall proportion of schools that teach students about sun safety has gone down from 72.4% in 2006 to 66.0% in 2014.

Percentage of U.S. Schools That Provided Sun Safety Education in 2014

66 percent of the overall schools in the United States provided sun safety education in 2014. 63.4 percent of elementary schools in the United States provided sun safety education in 2014. 59.4 percent of middle schools in the United States provided sun safety education in 2014. 77.1 percent of high schools in the United States provided sun safety education in 2014. The Healthy People 2020 target percentage is 79.6 percent.

Data source: 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study.

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