According to a survey conducted at the request of INCa (May 2022), only 12% of parents are aware of the dangers of UV rays during childhood. However, until puberty, the skin is thinner and the pigmentary system immature, which makes it more vulnerable to the carcinogenic effects of UV rays. In addition, the results of the survey show that the most effective protective actions are not correctly identified by the population.
Faced with this observation, INCa is distributing a campaign throughout the summer aimed at reminding people of the risks of excessive exposure to the sun in childhood and the preventive measures to be adopted. With for signature “Shade is the coolest place in summer!”, the Institute highlights the most effective protective gesture: seek shade in all outdoor activities.
It is also recommended to:
- Do not expose children under 3 to UV rays;
- Beyond 3 years, do not expose yourself to the sun during the hottest hours (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Overseas France and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in mainland France);
- Wear covering clothes, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses;
- In addition: apply a 50 anti-UVB and anti-UVA sunscreen every 2 hours to uncovered areas.
To help you raise awareness among the public, and parents in particular, Cespharm is making campaign posters available to you, which can be downloaded (and will soon be available to order).
INCa offers on its website a thematic file “Exposure to UV radiation” as well as an infographic entitled “Skin cancers: find out about the risks and protect yourself”.
*Prevention and education for health: to support the pharmacist in his mission, the Cespharm (Health and social education committee of the French pharmacy) offers more than 300 information documents and educational tools on www.cespharm.fr