A bill to allow public school students to bring sunscreen to school and apply it themselves without a doctor’s note heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Sarah Gray of Baton Rouge who heads a skin cancer awareness foundation advocated for the passage of this bill because it protects our kids.
“One blistering sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life, five sunburns at any age doubles your risk, as well.”
Gray says studies have found the regular use of sunscreen can significantly reduce someone’s risk of skin cancer.
“These facts make it clear that we need to promote safe sun behaviors and not only promote them but practice them in order to decrease our children’s risk of developing skin cancer.”
Gray says along with hats, sunglasses, and long sleeve shirts, it’s sunscreen that protects us for damaging UV rays.
“We have seen many recent stories of children burned with second and three degree burning blistering sunburns because they weren’t allowed to reapply sunscreen.”