The Dermatology Nurses’ Association’s 32nd Annual Convention

DNA 2014 Annual Meeting

TRANSFORMING AND EVOLVING: Believing in Change

May 1-4, 2014

Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Let DNA Help You Be sunAWARE

Even if you cannot attend the Dermatology Nurses’ Association’s 32nd Annual Convention in sunny Orlando, Florida, DNA wants to make sure you have the tools and education to help you, your friends, family and patients stay protected from the sun all year round!

Here are some simple steps to help make you make sure you, your loved ones and patients stay sunAWARE:

A: Avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight, seek shade and never indoor tan.

W: Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses all year-round.

A: Apply the recommended amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) >  30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours, or as needed.

R: Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin and report concerns to a parent or healthcare provider.

E: Educate your family and community about the need to be sunAWARE.

For more information about SunAWARE or DNA, visit our website at www.dnanurse.org.

Along with the resources available on DNA’s website, there are several tools available online to help with skin cancer prevention. Some of the most useful, free resources are made available through the government, nonprofit organizations and professional organizations (such as DNA and the American Academy of Dermatology [AAD]).

Government Resources
The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides information about the UV index, UV forecast and the health risks associated with the UV radiation, along with online videos about sun protection. To receive more information about these important skin cancer prevention factors, including the current UV index for your zipcode, click here.

Nonprofit Organizations

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing skin cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality through awareness, prevention, early detection, research and advocacy. One of the ways the National Council provides a united voice for skin cancer prevention is through its national movement, Don’t Fry Day. Don’t Fry Day is a day dedicated to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin against their sun’s harmful rays while enjoying outdoor activities. For more information about Don’t Fry Day, skin cancer prevention tips and skin cancer advocacy efforts through the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, click here.

 

Professional Organizations

The American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin CancerTM  initiative aims to educate the public about skin cancer awareness and motivate individuals to make positive lifestyle changes to both detect and prevent skin cancer. Through the AAD’s website you can share your story, volunteer, and receive educational tools to help you understand skin cancer and how to prevent it. Click here for more information.

 

Resources for Educating Children and Young Adults

·SUNWise Program Toolkit- a collection of cross-curricular classroom lessons and background information for teaching the SunWise Program. Distributed free to registered schools, the Tool Kit contains a variety of fun, developmentally appropriate activities that combine education about sun protection and the environment with other aspects of learning. Click here for additional resources including videos, fact sheets and handouts from the EPA.

·SunAWARE materials- handouts, brochures and presentations that can be used in the classroom or during events.

·SunAWARE curriculum- resources from the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation.

·Free SunAWARE Children’s Books- books available for download on your IPAD and Kindle from the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation and SunAWARE.org.

Visit these additional websites for information about sun protection:

·Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

·The Skin Cancer Foundation

 

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