To learn about protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, go to www.skincancer.org/children/index.php (Skin Cancer Foundation).
Information about the sun safety awareness education can be found at www.kidscoolschoolprogram.org/home.cfm (Sun Smart Kids Cool School Program).
Alternative Therapies for Melanoma
UV Light and DNA
Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:
Burns and Blisters — Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn
Published by Franklin Watts/Scholastic, 2002.
How does your skin protect you, and what happens when burns or blisters damage it? Why is it important to protect your skin from the sun? Explore the different types of injuries that can occur to your skin. Learn what you can do to prevent skin injuries, from burns and blisters. Informative charts and illustrations and color photographs help explain concepts. Sidebars include interesting information, including activities you can complete.
cancer A disease in which the cells in a part of the body become abnormal and multiply without stopping. Treatments for cancer include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
melanin A dark chemical compound that gives color to the skin, hair scales, feathers, and eyes of animals. It provides protection against the sun’s rays by absorbing ultraviolet light. Melanin is a pigment.
melanoma A type of skin cancer that arises from the cells that produce melanin, usually appearing as a dark-colored spot or mole.
tumor An abnormal growth in the body that is caused by cells that multiply without stopping. Tumors are found in different kinds of cancers.
ultraviolet light Electromagnetic radiation that has wavelengths shorter than those of visible light but longer than those of x-rays. Ultraviolet light is given off by the Sun but is invisible. Too much ultraviolet light can cause sunburn and skin diseases. Ultraviolet light is used in hospitals to sterilize medical equipment.
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