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  • Boston Magazine Blog, By Hannah Lott-Schwartz posted, on August 17, 2012
    Burn Notice: How the sun can damage your health

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  • Marshfield Mariner, June 16, 2004

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  • Children's Melanoma Foundation Staff

  • Boston Globe, April 3, 2005
    Nurse Maryellen Maguire-Eisen started the Sun Protection Foundation to make people aware of the danges of the sun and skin cancer...

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  • Norwell Mariner, June 28, 2006
    Charles David Salon event brings in funds for kids at South Shore Hospital...

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  • Hingham Journal, April 2009
    Maryellen Maguire-Eisen recognized for teaching children sun safety.

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  • Wicked Local Hingham, Sep 16, 2010
    Showtime's new critically acclaimed dramatic TV series "The Big C" revolves around a woman coping with a devastating cancer diagnosis. She learns from her dermatologist that her kind of cancer - melanoma - is aggressive and fatal in the late stages of the disease.

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  • Wicked Local Hingham, on May 22, 2013
    With prom season in full swing this month, upper classmen at Hingham High School have been primping and prepping in all the usual ways — from choosing attire and making the necessary salon appointments to ordering corsages and limos. But one thing they are not doing this year is tanning.

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  • The Hingham Journal, May 26, 2011
    Hingham High senior, Catherine Chittick, works with foundation to conduct a multi-faceted project on the hazards of indoor tanning.

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  • Fulltime Families, June 11, 2011, Issue 14
    Sunscreen is the most popular form of protection from ultraviolet rays but most Americans use it improperly. CMPF executive director, Maryellen Maguire-Eisen writes about the selection and use of sunscreen for maximum effectiveness.

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  • Rockland Mariner, September 24, 2004
    Summer may be over, but Rockland students learned this week the damage the sun can do is a year round concern. On Tuesday, Maryellen Maguire-Eisen and Rob Gilman, a meteorologist for the Patriot Leger and WATD, talked to 3rd and 4th graders...

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  • Boston.com, Your Town, Sep 25, 2010
    Friends and colleagues came together Saturday night at Derby Academy in Hingham to bring awareness to skin cancer and to honor Dr. Marie-France Demierre, a member of the Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation who recently passed away. The fund-raiser, auction, and tribute also featured the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, a "training" orchestra consisting of professional musicians under the age of 35...

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  • Patriot Ledger, July 18, 2004
    If you think your passport or driver's license photo doesn't do you justice, wait until you visit registered nurse Maryellen Maguire-Eisen's nook at the Sidewalk Festival in Quincy. She takes photos of festival-goers using and ultraviolet reflectance camera that reveals the extent of skin damage caused by exposure to the sun...

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  • Hingham Journal, July 14, 2005
    To help reduce the incidence of skin cancer in the area, Hingham Institute for Savings provided a generous grant to the Sun Protection Foundation to teach sun protection education on the South Shore......

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  • The Hingham Journal, May 18, 2011, Section: Health, Edition: Web
    Childrens' Melanoma Prevention Foundation promoted skin cancer awareness day, "Don't Fry Day," with the publication of its newest book on sun safety, Danger at Graves Light, as well as a flood of educational fliers, and a high school senior project on anti-indoor tanning.

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  • Patriot Ledger, July 21, 2008
    When summer heats up and the sun is intense, the beach is a prime spot for a family outing. But perfect beach weather has its dangers. Maryellen Maguire-Eisen of the Children's Melanoma Protection Foundation offers these tips for protecting your children from the sun this summer:

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  • Parents often ask me which sunscreen products they should be buying for their children. Many are aware that UV rays are strongest in late Spring and early Summer and voice concerns about keeping them safe at the beach and lake. The secret to protecting young skin against sun damage using a sunscreen is a two-pronged approach requiring high quality sunscreens AND proper application.

    High Quality Sunscreen Selection

    High quality sunscreens display three important pieces of information on their product labels: BROAD SPECTRUM, WATER RESISTANT, and SPF. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations on sunscreen labeling require manufacturers to substantiate their claims. For example, a BROAD SPECTRUM claim requires laboratory testing that shows protection against 90% of UVA (tanning/aging rays) and 93% of UVB (burning rays). WATER RESISTANT claims now provide a clear timeframe of protection, (80 MINUTES). SPF claims require that the sunscreen provide a proportionate degree of protection against UVA and UVB. Higher SPF ratings, therefore, provide greater protection against both forms of UV radiation known to cause skin cancer.

    Sunscreens come in different formulas, including creams, lotions, gels, sprays, sticks, and powders. Boys usually prefer gels and lotions, while girls often prefer creams. Sprays have gained great popularity, probably because of the ease of application, but they have a downside because of the risk of inhalation. “Sport” formulations and stick balms are great for active children because they usually stay in place when sweating. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are physical blockers of UV rays, are often recommended for children because they work quickly and do not penetrate the skin. That said, the FDA has added a warning in the Drug Fact Box for all sunscreens stating: “Do not use on damaged or broken skin.”

    Sunscreen products may vary dramatically in price yet offer the same degree of protection and cosmetic appeal. Parents can check out Consumer Report’s sunscreen issue for product reviews including “Best Sunscreens” rated for price and protection reviews and comparisons.

    Proper Application

    Despite the thousands of excellent sunscreen products available, half of all American children reportedly experience sunburn eachyear. This is most likely due to application errors and lack of understanding.   Because the FDA guidelines simply recommend the terminology apply “generously” or “liberally”, most people do not apply adequate amounts of sunscreen. The Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation advises using a handful of sunscreen per application per child. This is the proper dose or amount needed to cover the entire body surface when wearing a bathing suit. As a general rule of thumb, re-application is advised at least every 2 hours.  Since sunscreen absorbs or reflects UV rays, it is important to realize that the higher the UV Index the faster sunscreen will dissipate off the skin. When properly used, sunscreen products should be exhausted quickly, not lasting all summer.

    Practical Tips

    ·     Read your sunscreen label, front and back

    ·     Use the BEENS Acronym to help remember commonly missed areas when applying sunscreen

    § Back of Knees,

    § Eyes,

    § Ears,

    § Nose,

    § Scalp

    ·     Keep sunscreen products out of excessive heat or direct sunlight by placing them in a shaded area or a cooler.

    ·     Check out the Environmental Working Group App for sunscreen’s active and inactive ingredients

    ·     Get a free UV app or UV meter and learn about UV intensity variability

    ·     Wear sun protection clothing, with a UPF Factor >50+.

    ·     Always wear sunglasses to protect your inner and outer eye.

  • Boston Sunday Globe, May 27, 2007
    As a child in Serbia, vacationing on sunny Adriatic beaches each summer, Michael Jovanovic never gave skin cancer a second thought. But now, at 80, he is concerned enough to get two suspicious growths checked...

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