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Chief Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This resolution of the Senate urges Utah's public schools to consider incorporating sun
             11      exposure awareness programs into their curriculum.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    raises awareness of the risk of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, in Utah due to
             15      exposure to the sun and how it can be easily prevented; and
             16          .    urges Utah's public schools to consider incorporating sun exposure awareness
             17      programs and materials into their curriculum.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Senate of the state of Utah:
             22          WHEREAS, one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime;
             23          WHEREAS, melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is now the second leading
             24      cause of cancer for women in their 20's and 30's;
             25          WHEREAS, melanoma is now the fastest growing cancer in the U.S., with cases
             26      increasing at an epidemic rate of 3% per year;
             27          WHEREAS, there have been no significant advances in the medical treatment of
             28      advanced melanoma or its survival rate in the last 30 years;
             29          WHEREAS, in a survey by the Centers for Disease Control, 74% of young adults and

             30      50% of older adults said that they had little or no knowledge about melanoma;
             31          WHEREAS, in 1940, the chance of a U.S. citizen getting melanoma was 1 in 1,500, by
             32      2004 it was 1 in 67, and by 2010 scientists predict it will be 1 in 50;
             33          WHEREAS, if caught in the earliest stages, melanoma is entirely treatable with a
             34      survival rate of nearly 100%;
             35          WHEREAS, if untreated and allowed to spread, there is no known effective treatment
             36      or cure for melanoma;
             37          WHEREAS, the lifetime risk of getting skin cancer is linked to sun exposure and
             38      sunburn during childhood and adolescence;
             39          WHEREAS, studies have shown that the occurrence of at least two blistering sunburns
             40      before the age of 18 years may double the risk for development of melanoma as an adult;
             41          WHEREAS, it is estimated that regular use of sunscreen during childhood could lower
             42      skin cancer incidence by nearly 80%;
             43          WHEREAS, since 1982, incidences of pediatric melanoma in children have more than
             44      doubled;
             45          WHEREAS, Utah's melanoma rates are among the highest in the nation;
             46          WHEREAS, Utah regularly ranks in the top five states in the nation for per capita
             47      deaths from melanoma;
             48          WHEREAS, the United States Department of Health and Human Services classifies
             49      solar radiation as a known human carcinogen;
             50          WHEREAS, the causes, prevention, and early detection of skin cancer, particularly
             51      melanoma, are fairly well understood and easy to learn;
             52          WHEREAS, schools have the potential to educate and positively influence pupil and
             53      family behavior regarding skin cancer prevention;
             54          WHEREAS, simple, inexpensive changes in behavior such as wearing sunscreen,
             55      avoiding midday sun exposure, and wearing a shirt and hat can alter lifelong skin cancer risks;
             56          WHEREAS, several programs are available to educators to help them teach students
             57      about the risks and prevention of skin cancer, and the programs could be integrated into classes

             58      in Utah schools;
             59          WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has created a program
             60      that educates school-age children on the risks of exposure to the sun;
             61          WHEREAS, this program, called SunWise, is provided free of charge, is designed for
             62      school-age children, requires no teacher training, and is easily integrated into a school's
             63      curriculum;
             64          WHEREAS, SunWise is currently being used by 14,000 schools around the country and
             65      246 schools in Utah with great success;
             66          WHEREAS, a low-cost program about the risks and prevention of skin cancer, Sunny
             67      Days, Healthy Ways, was developed with grants from the National Cancer Institute;
             68          WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control have free materials on the prevention of
             69      skin cancer which can be downloaded from their website and used in class or sent home with
             70      children to help educate families;
             71          WHEREAS, Only Skin Deep is a Utah based program designed to train high school
             72      students to teach their peers about skin cancer prevention;
             73          WHEREAS, this program has been successfully used in Utah schools, is free of charge,
             74      and requires no time from teachers; and
             75          WHEREAS, faced with the reality of the risks of sun exposure and with the variety of
             76      low or no-cost programs and materials available, Utah schools should educate their students on
             77      the risks and prevention of skin cancer:
             78          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of the state of Utah urges
             79      Utah's public schools to consider incorporating sun exposure awareness programs and
             80      materials into their curriculum.
             81          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to each school
             82      district in the state of Utah, the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the American Cancer Society
             83      of Utah, the Utah Cancer Action Network, the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah State
             84      Board of Education, the Utah Department of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the
             85      Utah Society for Dermatologic Medicine and Surgery.


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