Jennifer Garner Talks Teaching Her Kids About Skin Cancer - and Her Family's 'Batman Mania'
"It can go from Batman, to Iron Man, to Spiderman, to any of them," she says of her three children's love of superheroes
“Oh, there is going to be Batman mania at our house next year,” Garner tells PEOPLE of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, getting ready to watch their dad save Gotham. “But right now, it can go from Batman, to Iron Man, to Spider-Man, to any of them.”
“And just the general ninja,” she adds, laughing. “I have a ninja at my house right now.”
Garner, 43, is using her power as a public figure to help save lives outside of comic books, joining Neutrogena’s Choose Skin Health campaign.
“Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers,” Garner says, “and meanwhile there are more cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year than breast, colon and lung cancers combined.”
She continues, “Everybody’s been touched by cancer. Luckily for me, it hasn’t hit my immediate family yet, but if you look at the statistics, it’s something that is going to touch all of us,” she continues. “It’s within our reach to find a cure, it’s within our reach to find better and more efficient treatments that do less to hurt the body. It’s all happening, but we have to make sure these brilliant doctors are supported and funded.”
In honor of “Melanoma Monday,” Neutrogena is teaming up with Target to provide free skin cancer screenings across the country.
And from May to July, for every SPF product purchased, the cosmetics company donates one to a family in need.
“We all have to stop once a year and take a good look at our bodies, go to our dermatologist and get our skin screened for any early detection, and to stock up on sunscreen for the summer coming up,” Garner says.
The actress protects her complexion with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF and stocks up on stick and spray lotions for her little ones.
And though “no kid likes to wear sunscreen,” she says she’s taught her daughters and son why it’s so important.
“They understand what skin cancer is,” she explains, “and what I’m doing now will prevent them from having to deal with it, hopefully, later in life. But mostly, they just endure me slathering it on them.”
— Michele Corriston
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