Supplement Feature - April 2009
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Designing & Outfitting Your Park

By Sue Marquette Poremba

Made in the Shade

The incidence of skin cancer is still on the rise in America. According to the American Cancer Society, more than a million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends adopting consistent, healthy habits early in life to prevent skin cancer. A single blistering sunburn during childhood will nearly double the lifetime risk of melanoma.

May is Sin Cancer Awareness Month, and in May, the Shade Across America program will aim to help schools and other outdoor recreation areas protect children from harmful UV rays. The program is dedicated to providing "UV Protection Packages," consisting of a 20-foot by 30-foot fabric shade structure, as well as a UV warning signal to keep parents and kids aware of the most dangerous times of day.

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