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Health Feature: Kids, Sunscreen and Melanoma

CHOC_08-20-2013_sunscreen_halfSun Smarts: Kids, Sunscreen and Melanoma

Orange County is one of the sunniest places in California, with hundreds of sun days per year. With that comes the need for protection. Improper protection can increase risk for skin cancer. “People get skin cancers, the most serious being melanoma, because we get too much exposure to the sunlight,” says Dr. Leonard Sender, Medical Director of Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC’s Children’s.

Melanoma accounts for 4% of all skin cancers. With early detection, melanoma is curable, so be safe and use common sense in the sun.

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Sunburn Safety Sheet

Sunburn can happen within 15 minutes of being in the sun. Download this useful safety sheet that includes signs and symptoms and what to do if your child gets burned.

More Sun Safety Tips

Check out these sunburn and skin cancer preventive tips recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Top Ranked Cancer Program

Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's Ranked Among the Nation's Top Children's Hospital Specialties

Leonard Sender, MD

Dr. Sender is the Medical Director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC's Children's as well as CHOC Children's Specialists Division chief of Oncology; and Medical Director of Clinical Oncology Services at UC Irvine Medical Center's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology including Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Transplantation. In this video, Dr. Sender describes the services available at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC's Children's.