Feb 15, 2018 12:00 PM

More than 50% of cancer cases can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle: avoiding tobacco, practicing sun safety, eating healthy foods, exercising, getting vaccinations, and being screened for cancer.

These personal behavior choices are often difficult to practice, especially at a young age.

Through community partnerships, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is reaching adolescent and young adult (AYA) populations where they are—in schools, neighborhoods, and communities—with an educational plan for a lifetime of healthy living. Here are two examples.

sun survey bookletThe SUN Study

In 2017, Yelena Wu, PhD, a psychologist and HCI investigator, collaborated with health educators and school districts to provide skin cancer education to more than 1,500 rural and urban high school students throughout Utah, the state with the highest rate of melanoma.

The Skin Cancer UNderstanding in Utah High Schools (SUN) Study, which includes hands-on activities and surveys, will provide new information about effective strategies to change AYA skin cancer prevention behaviors in this vulnerable population.

boy scout badgesBoy Scouts of America Safety Moment

More than 135 merit badges are offered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and at least 47 of them involve outdoor activities with potential for sun exposure. Seeing an opportunity to promote sun safety in this at-risk population, HCI partnered with the BSA Greater Salt Lake Council to create a Safety Moment that reached approximately 205,000 scouts and 68,000 scout leaders locally. The graphic encourages sun-safe behavior in all Scouting adventures.

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