Rhonda Sparks and the UV Skinz team will be attending the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition for the first time on October 15 through the 18th. The conference will held in Boston, Massachusetts and is titled Energized. The AAP conference is a “forum where all pediatric professionals meet for updates , review of pediatric practice, research and advocacy. Attendees will learn the “latest best practices in pediatrics through faculty speakers representing 8 of the top 10 ranked children’s hospitals in the U.S” along with over 200 organizations (ranging from Universities, medical institutions, public health offices and government agencies).

There will also be a time for attendees to visit exhibits that showcase the latest pediatric resources and innovations on the exhibit floor. UV Skinz will be representing uv-protective wear at booth #1355! If you are in the area–stop by!

Rhonda felt it was important for UV Skinz to be representing safe sun protection at this national conference. Rhonda Sparks started UV Skinz to raise awareness about Melanoma after the disease claimed her late husbands life. Knowing that her children would be at risk she began UV Skinz to “get kids covered”, so that enjoying outdoors can be fun and worry-free. UV Skinz has always been committed to creating high-quality uv-protective clothing for the whole family at affordable prices. All day uv protection that doesn’t wash off is  Children who have one or more blistering sun burns are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer/melanoma in adulthood. Under application or misuse of sunscreen increases the chances of sunburn. UV Skinz uv-protective swim shirts block 98% of the sun’s uv rays and the uv protection doesn’t wash off . Childhood sunburns can increase the risk of melanoma in adulthood, but children can also be diagnosed with melanoma during childhood.

Here are some facts about Pediatric melanoma:

  • Pediatric melanoma accounts for 3% of childhood cancers
  • It is 7 times more common between the ages of 10-20 yrs old than birth to 10 yrs old
  • 90% of pediatric melanoma occurs in girls aged 10-19
  • White females are more likely to be at risk more than boys, and minorities
  • Good news! 94% of children with melanoma survived at least 5 years after diagnosis

How can you protect your child? Tips to stay sun-safe!:

  • Avoid the sun during the peak hours of the day, between 10am-4pm (stay in the shade)
  • Dress your child in clothing that covers the body, including hats with wide brims
  • Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days
  • Have your child wear sunglasses
  • Keep in mind that some medication can increase a person’s sensitivity to uv rays. If your child is on medication take the proper precautions to avoid over exposure to uv radiation.

UV Skinz has always been committed to creating high-quality uv-protective clothing for the whole family so that everyone could enjoy the outdoors worry-free!