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Project SAFETY

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is also the most preventable.

New edition!
Project SAFETY 2011: DVD & Teacher's Guide 
This updated module is available free of charge to schools in Texas and beyond. Project S.A.F.E.T.Y. (Sun Awareness For Educating Today's Youth) is a science-based skin cancer awareness and prevention curriculum developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with Texas Cancer Council funding. 



Project S.A.F.E.T.Y.:

  • Was developed by science and health educators 
  • Uses the classroom to deliver accurate information about the consequences of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and its role in the development of skin cancer
  • Is easily incorporated into your science and health curricula
  • Features topics such as ozone depletion, ultraviolet rays and the skin cell cycle

Background and Impact

Severe sunburns occurring in the first 18 years of life are linked to a greatly increased lifetime risk of melanoma (the rarest but most deadly form of skin cancer). 
The Project S.A.F.E.T.Y. curriculum teaches children to recognize the early warning signs of melanoma and other skin cancers. 
It also emphasizes that anyone can get skin cancer, and teaches the importance of practicing daily prevention and regular skin self-exams.

Girl Scouts "Project S.A.F.E.T.Y. Patch"

Requirements for this sun safety Girl Scout patch include viewing the 10-minute video, “Gear Up for Summer”. Read more.

© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center