/EINPresswire.com/ With a recent study released by the U.S. Preventative Task Force, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center continues to focus on early education for the prevention of cancer in growing adolescents.
Physicians at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York fight daily to help reduce the damage that cancer does to young patients. New programs are regularly introduced to help educate young children and adolescents on how they can protect themselves. A new study from the U.S. Preventative Task Force may make that task a little easier.
According to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, appealing to the vanity of youth may be one of the most effective ways to help young children and adolescents see how real and damaging cancer can be.
A prime example similar to those cited in education material provided by Cohen Children’s Medical Center, would be revealing to young people between the ages of 10 and 20 how sun exposure over extended periods can change the appearance of skin as they age. Through proper education, physicians at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center believe that they can change the behavior of teens and young adults using counseling approaches that not only educate on the medical consequences of sun exposure, but also the cosmetic consequences.
As many parents would agree, young adults and children don’t often have a solid grasp on the concept of mortality. Researchers believe this is why so few show concern for things like cancer – because it’s something that seems far off. Poll a large group of teens and the general opinion on cancer is that it’s not something that typically happens to younger people.
But the fact that that pediatric hematology and oncology centers even exist is proof that cancer is not just an adult-stage disease. Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center is home to one of the most comprehensive pediatric hematology and oncology centers in the northeastern United States. Their facility treats hundreds of patients each year for a variety of illnesses, including skin cancer, and they counsel countless others on preventative health measures to avoid the onset of cancer.
According to the website for Cohen Children’s Medical Center, “Our Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Center is one of the largest in the New York metropolitan area, and our cutting-edge network of treatment and support systems includes highly specialized centers and programs and the latest stem cell transplantation services.”
Outreach and education is often as important as the treatments. Comprehensive facilities like Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a division of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, are stepping up to provide early education to adolescents and young adults. Topics like heart health, diet and exposure to cancer-causing conditions help prepare young people and children to take better care of themselves as they age.
In cases of skin cancer, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force believes if you point out that premature aging and wrinkling are side effects of sun exposure in addition to skin cancer, you’ll gain a much quicker response. While it’s important to educate on skin cancer itself, it’s also apparent that understanding the audience is key to getting a message across. We live in a world where beauty and glamour hold the attention of youth, and research shows us that young people are more apt to respond when shown pictures of sun-damaged skin or if they’re shown sun-related changes on their faces using a UV camera.
For more information on protecting the body from the sun and skin cancer, visit the North Shore-LIJ Health System pediatric hematology and oncology website today.
About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York:
For the fifth consecutive year, US News & World Report has ranked the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York as among the nation’s best children’s hospitals. Cohen Children’s Medical Center, under the parent umbrella of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, is the preeminent children’s hospital on Long Island and is the largest provider of pediatric services in the state of New York, including pediatric hematology and oncology. Established nearly 30 years ago, the pediatric hospital has evolved continually to keep pace with a growing population. The vision of Cohen Children’s Medical Center is to become a national leader, recognized for providing outstanding family-centered, quality-focused and academically-based care while conducting research committed to finding cures and innovative treatments for childhood diseases.
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About North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation:
The North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation’s mission is to serve the best interest of the community at-large and the Health System. North Shore-LIJ works to attain that goal by providing the inspiration, opportunity and meaningful direction for donors, patients and leaders to link their vision, dreams and philanthropic support with our most worthy causes – from the under-served and uninsured to the latest frontiers in medical technology and research.
For more information, visit http://support.northshorelij.com/.
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