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Gear Up Video

"Gear Up for Summer" is a lively 10-minute program intended for use with youths aged 8-15 who are participating in outdoor activities such as softball, canoeing, swimming, flag football, golf and tennis. The program celebrates the fun that summer brings, while helping young people understand how to protect themselves from skin damage not only during the summer, but year-round.

The video comes in video format, and is available free of charge as a DVD. 

Why do young people need to watch this DVD?

  • In the United States today, one in five individuals will develop some type of skin cancer in his or her lifetime, and that number jumps to one in three in the Sunbelt
  • One type of skin cancer in particular, melanoma, is a fast-growing skin cancer that can be deadly, and occurs in young people of all ages. 
  • Melanoma cases have more than doubled in the past 20 years
  • Just three severe sunburns before the age of 18 increases one’s lifetime risk for melanoma five-fold

NOTE: Viewing “Gear up for Summer” program is one of the requirements for earning the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Project SAFETY Council Program patch. To purchase the patch or to obtain a copy of the Project S.A.F.E.T.Y. patch requirements (GSA “Form #GSSJC F-86”), please call 713-292-0300.

This program was developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Project S.A.F.E.T.Y. (Sun Awareness For Educating Today's Youth) office, and was made possible by a generous grant from Schering-Plough HealthCare Products. 


© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center