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Economic Evaluation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SunWise Program: Sun Protection Education for Young Children

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Prepared by ICF International, along with co-authors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Henry Ford Hospital, and Harvard, Boston, George Washington, and George Mason Universities, 2007. Published in Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Vol. 121, No. 5, May 2008. ICF prepared an economic analysis of the U.S. EPA’s SunWise Program by translating self-reported changes in student sun safety behaviors into reductions in skin cancer incidence and mortality using the U.S. EPA’s Atmospheric and Health Effects Framework (AHEF) model maintained by ICF. Although a number of studies have evaluated the behavioral impacts of school-based and community sun safety education programs, few have evaluated the economics of skin cancer prevention programs. The study, possibly the first to review the cost-benefit of a school-based sun safety program, found that using SunWise to teach children about sun safety saves lives and money.

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Published: May 1, 2008
Source: Pediatrics

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