Mayo Clinic research shows skin cancer is on the rise among young people, even teenagers. It can be deadly. Because many teens and their parents think melanoma won’t happen to people under 20, cases in children often aren’t detected as early as physicians would like. To get the message out to kids of all ages about the importance of skin cancer prevention, Mayo created this cartoon-style public service announcement, “Have Fun in the Sun, But Be Sun Smart.” In the PSA, two animal moles enjoy a sunny day at the beach. One is protected from the sun. The other isn’t, gets sunburn that ruins his day and develops a skin mole that sends him to the doctor, who explains the danger of skin cancer and the importance of sun smarts: using sunscreen, skipping tanning beds, seeking shade and getting spots checked. The PSA is available at different lengths for radio and broadcast, Internet and other use. For more information on the PSA and how media, health agencies and educators can use it, please go to the Mayo Clinic News Network at http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
The song Sunburn Goofin’ All Day is used with permission of Meeko/Big Electric Music.
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