Sun Screen Question Sheet: Before reading: 1. How careful are you about protecting your skin when you go outdoors? 2. Do you think that you are at risk for skin cancer? Why or why not? During reading: 1. What is the most rapidly growing cause of cancer death in the United States? Why? 2. How do ultraviolet rays affect skin? 3. What is a tumor? 4. What is the difference between melanoma and a nonmelanoma tumor? 5. Describe several ways in which scientists are working to prevent skin cancer. 6. What recommendations does the American Academy of Dermatology have for preventing skin cancer? After reading: 1. (Pick ONE) Did this article make you more or less concerned about getting skin cancer? Why? 2. What is the American Academy of Dermatology? Why does this group create recommendations for preventing skin cancer? See www.aad.org/ (American Academy of Dermatology). 3. Do you think that people nowadays spend more or less time in the sun than they did when your parents were kids? Why? 4. What is Earth's ozone layer? How might the hole in the ozone layer above polar regions affect skin cancer rates? See www.epa.gov/Ozone/science/sc_fact.html and www.epa.gov/ozone/science/effects.html (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 5. Why is skin considered an organ of the body? Would thinking of skin as an organ affect the way that you treat your skin? See kidshealth.org/kid/body/skin_noSW.html (KidsHealth for Kids). 6. Why do you think many doctors don't warn kids about the dangers of tanning?