Anniversary for SunSmart school in Midland region

June 1, 2018 by  

A primary school within the Midland region has been SunSmart for two decades.

Maida Vale Primary (MVP) has been encouraging its pupils to take SunSmart precautions for the last 20 years. Skin cancer rates can be reduced if people respect the power of the sun – a message poster printing can help organisations to communicate effectively.

MVP has been a SunSmart institution for longer than its competitors within the area of Midland. Mikala Atkinson is an education officer, and told the Hills Gazette:

“The good news is the message appears to be getting through and it’s saving lives – for people aged under 40, the rates of the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, has dropped from 13 cases per 100,000 people in 2002, to about nine in 2016.”

The fact is that a baseball cap might not provide much protection from ultraviolet radiation. Children who are exposed to the sun for too long can develop melanomas down the track. Hats with broad brims can deliver the goods in terms of health and safety. Over a period of 18 years, many schoolchildren have been encouraged to wear hats with the capacity to protect them.

There has also been a shift to get children dressed in shirts with long sleeves, since a short-sleeved shirt might not offer the level of protection which is necessary. Darren Greaves, the principal at MVP, is clear that staff must also look after their health when the sun is out.

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