The Purpose of the Teen Screen Program

Teen Screen is a national program that aims at making teenagers aware of the incredible dangers of skin cancer. They encourage teenagers to wear sunscreen and they offer access to information for presentations, on-line resources and power point presentations to be given at schools, youth centers and other locations.  With a generous donation from the National Melanoma Awareness Project and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, each of the Teen Screen chapters has received skin cancer information cards and single-use sunscreen packets that they can distribute at presentations.

The statistics about sun exposure and cancer are staggering.  Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog and 75% of all skin cancer related deaths are from melanoma.  90% of all skin cancers are caused by overexposure from the sun, and this is exactly what Teen Screen wants to make teens aware of and help to prevent.

When they began, Teen Screen focused on lecturing high school athletic teams about skin cancer risks and encouraging teams to use sunscreen as a regular part of their team equipment.  Now, Teen Screen focuses as well on other outdoor teen activities such as marching bands and other clubs.  They have moved beyond the school framework, as well, focusing their attention on children’s sports, day camps, junior life guards, scouts and more.



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