SPUT Stops Spots!
Skin cancer is the fastest-growing form of cancer in the
United States, with over 2 million new cases diagnosed each year (National
Cancer Institute). SPUT Stops Spots, a component of the SPUT summer tennis
program, is a health promotion program in St Paul that protects children from
skin cancer. Children are at a particular risk for sun exposure, a major cause
of skin cancer.
- Childhood sunburn may increase the risk of
melanoma (a type of skin cancer) by nearly 2-fold!
- By age 18, according to some studies, children
will already have received as much as 80 percent of their lifelong skin damage
from the sun!
Beginning in 2013, SPUT Stops Spots teaches kids the dangers
of overexposure to the sun and encourages them to develop healthy habits for a
lifetime. The program uses a combination of recreation-site and take-home
educational strategies informed by widely accepted sun protection guidelines
provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is designed for use in
sports programs and is integrated into tennis instruction as five-minute daily
University of Minnesota medical
students and the SPUT coaches and staff run SPUT Stops Spots. Currently SPUT
Stops Spots is trying to figure out how to get the program to continue in the
community and how to provide free sunscreen to the kids at each tennis court.
The 4 rules of sun safety:
- Use sunscreen!
Protect your eyes and face! Wear sunglasses and
Seek shade and watch the clock! Limit your time
in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm.