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Preventing Skin Cancer: Education and Policy Approaches

Photo of desk These interventions combine education and policy approaches to increase preventive behaviors (e.g., covering up, using shade, avoiding sun during peak UV hours) among populations in specific settings.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review, and where available, Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs).

Intervention Task Force Finding
Child Care Center-Based Interventions Recommended
May 2013
Healthcare Settings and Providers Insufficient Evidence
July 2002
High School- and College-Based Interventions Insufficient Evidence
May 2013
Interventions in Outdoor Occupational Settings Recommended
August 2013
Interventions in Outdoor Recreational and Tourism Settings Recommended
April 2014
Primary and Middle School-Based Interventions Recommended
August 2012

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The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Preventing skin cancer: education and policy approaches. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.