When children follow the exciting superhero-inspired adventures of “Ray and the Sunbeatables,” learning how to protect themselves from dangerous ultraviolet radiation exposure is easy — and fun! In a new initiative by the Melanoma Moon Shot, MD Anderson recently partnered with the CATCH Global Foundation to bring sun protection education to the nation’s children.
CATCH®, short for Coordinated Approach to Child Health, is a program developed and disseminated by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. It’s already in place in more than 10,000 educational settings across the U.S. MD Anderson behavioral scientists led by Mary Tripp, Ph.D., M.P.H., Susan Peterson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Ellen Gritz, Ph.D., have created an evidence-based sun-protection program with a fun and engaging curriculum that targets students in preschool through second grade.
Getting minors out of the tanning bed
The melanoma effort’s first major accomplishment came in prevention. Surgeons, scientists, oncologists, behavioral scientists and governmental relations experts worked together to achieve a state ban on tanning bed use by minors in Texas, which took effect September 2013.
Focused on patients
MD Anderson is home to one of the largest melanoma and skin cancer clinics in the world. This has led to a nearly unrivaled level of expertise. Learn more about how MD Anderson’s Melanoma Moon Shot is Making Cancer History®.