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EPA Sunwise School Program Receives Cancer Prevention Awareness Award

Release Date: 10/01/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(10/01/2003) EPA’s SunWise School Program and the Curt and Shonda Schilling Melanoma Foundation of America (SHADE) will be receiving the 2003 Excellence in Cancer Awareness award on Oct. 2. Presented by the Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness, the award will honor the partnership between EPA and the SHADE Foundation for their fight to eliminate skin cancer and melanoma. According to the American Cancer Society, one in five children will grow up to develop skin cancer during their lifetime. First launched nationally in May 2000, the SunWise School Program tools teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause serious health effects, including skin cancer. To date, more than 7,900 schools have registered to use the SunWise program. The EPA and the SHADE Foundation partnered earlier this year to generate more awareness for the program. This partnership has resulted in over 300 Arizona schools and 150,000 children utilizing the program.. For more information, go to: . The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation consists of a network of more than 110 Congressional, Administration and Supreme Court spouses committed to reducing cancer incidence through education and prevention. The Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness, a member of the foundation, presents the Excellence in Cancer Awareness award by each fall to the organization that best exemplifies a total commitment and dedication to assisting others in preventing cancer.