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    High school lesson plan topics - Skin Cancer

    Protect the Skin You’re In (PDF)
    This lesson is designed for a high school biology, anatomy, or health class to explore the importance of sun safety in relationship to skin cancer prevention. Students will begin with an inquiry based lab regarding sunscreen effectiveness. After analyzing the relationship between lab results and common student practices regarding sun screen use, students will administer and analyze a simple survey to their peers. This lesson will culminate with students developing and implementing a public service campaign designed to increase student use of sunscreen and sun safety awareness. In order for these activities to be most effective, the students should have prior knowledge of skin cancer. (If a lesson plan addressing skin cancer is needed, an educational module is available at

    UV: Use Caution (PDF)
    This lesson has been developed for a general biology class to look at skin cancer risk factors and ways to reduce those risk factors. The use of tanning beds will be surveyed. Based on this information, as well as information drawn from existing materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, students will compose public service announcements (PSAs) highlighting the links between artificial UV exposure and skin cancer.

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