How Enright Melanoma Foundation Educates Youth on Sun Safety

We are honored to highlight our sun safety partner, Enright Melanoma Foundation. The Enright Melanoma Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise sun safety awareness and help prevent melanoma through education and early detection. Like us, sun protection is not an afterthought, the mission is personal to them. They were founded in 1999, dedicated to the memory of Joseph E. Enright, MD, who lost his battle with melanoma at the age of 37, leaving a wife and young children. They are unique in that their foundation is a doctor-led prevention-focused organization, created with knowledge and passion by Dr. Enright’s colleagues to foster increased awareness of melanoma.

The Enright Melanoma Foundation has worked tirelessly to make sure youth and young adults are educated about sun safety and the risk of skin cancer, as well as the people who influence them. We believe education and awareness are the first steps to leading a healthy sun-safe life. The types of sun protective measures we promote protect us from UV rays and together play a part in creating our sun-safe routine and instilling habits that will last a lifetime.

To educate people, especially children on sun safety awareness, skin cancer professionals at Enright Melanoma Foundation have created age appropriate sun safety courses. There are three sun safety courses to choose from in the Enright Sun Safety Certification Program. Each are tailored to a specific age group; 5-8 years old, 9-12 years old, and 13 and older. The courses include age appropriate interactive visuals and activities. This is a great activity to have children participate in because it’s a fun and educational way to teach sun-safe habits that will last a lifetime. By taking the course you can become a Sun Safety ACE which stands for, Apply, Cover, and Enjoy!, an easy way for kids to remember their daily sun safety routine.

How Enright Melanoma Foundation Educates Youth on Sun Safety
  • Apply (Apply a SPF 30+ sunscreen)
  • Cover (Wear UPF 50+ clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and seek the shade)
  • Enjoy (Have worry-free fun when you take the steps to protect yourself from the sun!)

You can find UV Skinz inside this interactive course too! We represent the ‘C’ for Cover. Covering-up with UPF 50+ clothing and a wide brimmed hat helps reduce your risk for sunburn and potential skin cancer or melanoma. UV-protective clothing is specially treated and designed to protect you from UVA and UVB rays, they provide a physical block that doesn’t wash or wear off like traditional sunscreen, and sun shirts are better at blocking rays and stopping them from hitting the skin. The UV-protection of clothing is measured in UPF; just like a sunscreen’s SPF rating, the higher the UPF, the greater it blocks UVA and UVB rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends clothing as our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. It protects your skin by blocking or absorbing these harmful rays. The more covered you are, the more protected you are.

Check out the course and let us know what you think! We do know that it is a fun way to learn more about sun safety, UV radiation, the effects of the sun, and sun protection. Teaching our children early about the effects and dangers of the sun and how to enjoy the outdoors safely is important when it comes to protecting them in the future. Remember that on average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns. Our goal is to make sure no child knows the feeling of a sunburn.