- How careful are you about protecting your skin when you go outdoors?
- Do you think that you are at risk for skin cancer? Why or why not?
- What is the most rapidly growing cause of cancer death in the United States?
- How do ultraviolet rays affect skin?
- What is a tumor?
- What is the difference between melanoma and a nonmelanoma tumor?
- Describe several ways in which scientists are working to prevent skin
- What recommendations does the American Academy of Dermatology have for
preventing skin cancer?
- Did this article make you more or less concerned about getting skin cancer?
- What is the American Academy of Dermatology? Why does this group create
recommendations for preventing skin cancer? See www.aad.org/(American Academy of Dermatology).
- Do you think that people nowadays spend more or less time in the sun than
they did when your parents were kids? Why?
- What is Earth’s ozone layer? How might the hole in the ozone layer above
polar regions affect skin cancer rates? See www.epa.gov/Ozone/science/sc_fact.html and www.epa.gov/ozone/science/effects.html(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
- Why is skin considered an organ of the body? Would thinking of skin as an
organ affect the way that you treat your skin? See kidshealth.org/kid/body/skin_noSW.html(KidsHealth for Kids).
- Why do you think many doctors don’t warn kids about the dangers of tanning?
Worldwide, the highest rates of skin cancer are found in South Africa and Australia. Why would these countries have particularly high rates? See www.coolnurse.com/skin_cancer.htm(Cool Nurse).
- Create a radio or TV commercial for suntan lotion based on the dangers of
getting skin cancer.
- The title of this article is “Sun Screen.” Come up with a better title and
summary. What would you emphasize?
Earth is about 1.49 x 108 kilometers from the sun and about 3.84 x 105 kilometers from the
moon. How many times greater is the distance from Earth to the sun than is the distance from Earth to the moon?