Ultraviolet radiation and the INTERSUN Programme

Protecting Children

Children require special protection

Children are in a dynamic state of growth and are more susceptible to environmental threats than adults as:

  • sun exposure during childhood and adolescence appears to set the stage for the development of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers in later life
  • a significant part of a person’s lifetime exposure occurs before age 18, and
  • children have more time to develop diseases with long latency, more years of life to be lost and more suffering to be endured as a result of impaired health.

Children require special protection. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children, including all developmental stages from conception to age 18, have the right to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to a safe environment.

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