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Agreed to Senate (06/09/2005)

1st Session
S. RES. 167

Recognizing the importance of sun safety, and for other purposes.


June 9, 2005

Mr. McCain (for himself and Mr. Sununu) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to


Recognizing the importance of sun safety, and for other purposes.

    Whereas Americans of all ages cherish the pleasures of outdoor activities, and too few recognize that overexposure to the sun and its ultraviolet radiation, classified by the Department of Health and Human Services as a known carcinogen, is the leading cause of skin cancer;

    Whereas it is critically important to be safe in the sun because skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer in our country today, affecting 1 in 5 Americans during their lifetimes and killing 1 person every hour of every day;

    Whereas more than 1,000,000 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, accounting for nearly half of all new cases of cancer and exceeding the incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined;

    Whereas most people receive approximately 80 percent of their lifetime sun exposure by age 18, setting the stage for skin cancer later in life;

    Whereas skin cancer is highly preventable by taking simple precautions when engaged in outdoor activities;

    Whereas research demonstrates that practicing good sun safety has the potential to significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer;

    Whereas the Sun Safety Alliance and its members have dedicated themselves to promoting sun safety, eliminating skin cancer from excessive sun exposure, and encouraging sun protection practices, especially among children; and

    Whereas the Sun Safety Alliance has designated the week of June 5, 2005, to June 11, 2005, as National Sun Safety Week: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) recognizes

(A) the importance of sun safety; and

(B) the need for school-based sun safety education programs;

(2) encourages all Americans to protect themselves and their children from the dangers of excessive sun exposure;

(3) congratulates the Sun Safety Alliance for its efforts to promote sun safety and prevent skin cancer; and

(4) supports the goals and ideas of National Sun Safety Week.

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