As part of Healthy People 2030, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 10-year plan to address the nation’s most critical public health priorities and challenges, reducing the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who report sunburn is an objective in the area of cancer. Some highlights: • The goal is to … More Reducing Sunburn in High School Students is an HHS Objective for the Next Decade
In response to efforts by Key West and other localities in Florida to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, legislation was recently enacted that supports access to FDA-approved sunscreens. Specifically, the law, effective July, 1, 2020, preempts the regulation of over-the-counter propriety drugs or cosmetics to the state. ASDSA, the Florida Society … More Recently Enacted Florida Legislation Supports Sunscreen Access
Shade structures can play an important role in minimizing children’s overexposure to the sun, which is essential to preventing skin cancer later in life. Thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Amy Brodsky and the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation, shade structures were purchased and installed at the Jewett Park preschool playground in Deerfield, Illinois. For … More Donation Supports Illinois Playground’s Shade Structures
A recent fact sheet on skin cancer issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDS) reports that close to 5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year in the United States. The annual cost of treating skin cancers is estimated to be $8.1 billion. The fact sheet highlights the role communities … More CDC Publishes New “Power of Prevention” Fact Sheet on Skin Cancer
For many, Memorial Day, is the unofficial first day of summer – a season many associate with outdoor activities and lots of time in the sun. It is the perfect opportunity to provide education about sun safe behavior to protect against skin cancer. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP) has designated the Friday … More Encourage Sun Safety Awareness: “Don’t Fry Day” is Friday, May 22!
The recent passage of SUNucate legislation in Virginia and Washington, D.C. brings the number of jurisdictions that have adopted policies to remove barriers to sunscreen use in schools to 26. In Washington, D.C., Act 23-467 mandates that a student may possess and use sunscreen at the school in which the student is currently enrolled, at … More Virginia and Washington, DC Pass SUNucate Legislation
SUNucate SUNucate legislation is pending in three states and Washington, D.C. In Massachusetts, a state with a legislative session which spans two years, H 545, introduced in January 2019, is still active. The bill allows students to possess and use sunscreen without a note while on school property or at a school-related event and also … More What to Watch in the 2020 Legislative Session
Great news! A study recently published in JAMA Dermatology reported that although the overall incidence of melanoma has been increasing over the past several decades, there is a downward trend of cases among adolescents and young adults. Specifically the data showed the incidence peaked in these groups around 2004-2005 and then began to decrease. While the … More Education Efforts Linked to Decreasing Incidence of Melanoma in Young People
In Key West, Florida a ban is set to take place in January 2021 on the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The law was passed citing concerns about the impact of these chemicals on coral reefs. Similar bans were considered, but not passed, in Miami Beach and Surfside. In response, legislation (Senate Bill … More Florida Bills Would Preempt Local Efforts to Ban Sales of Certain Sunscreens
The ASDSA Advocacy team was presented with the 2019 Excellency in Advocacy Award for Excellence in a State Issue Campaign by the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference for its role in the SUNucate initiative. In partnership with Women in Government Relations, the conference recognizes everyday women advocates with an annual award. Awards were also … More Advocacy for SUNucate Receives an Award for Excellence in a State Campaign
Did you know there is an effort on the federal level to support and encourage the same policies SUNucate promotes on a state level? House Resolution 323, sponsored by Representative David Joyce (R-OH-14), encourages all schools to allow students to possess sunscreen at school without restriction and without a note; encourages schools and camps to … More Federal Effort Supports Sunscreen in Schools
The Nebraska Supreme Court recently upheld the dismissal of an earlier lawsuit filed against the Nebraska Cancer Coalition (NC2) by a group of tanning salon owners. Recognizing the dangers of indoor tanning, including a link to melanoma, ASDSA supports banning minors from using indoor tanning facilities and supports required posting and dissemination about the health … More NE Court Upholds Decision Against Tanning Salon Lawsuit
The Nebraska Department of Education recently issued guidance to all schools in the state recommending that children be allowed to possess and use sunscreen without a doctor’s note at school and at school-sponsored events. Senator Carol Blood played a key role in developing the policy, and connected different stakeholder groups, such as the Nebraska Dermatology … More Nebraska is SUNucated!
Connecticut enacted legislation allowing students six years old or older to possess and self-apply over-the-counter sunscreen in school before outdoor activities, if a parent or guardian has provided written authorization to the school nurse. “The momentum of the passage of SUNucate legislation throughout the U.S. demonstrates lawmakers’ commitment in these states to promoting sun-safe … More Connecticut Becomes SUNucated
Minnesota is the 5th state in 2019 to pass legislation allowing kids to possess and use sunscreen at school without a prescription or physician’s note. Kids will now be able to use sunscreen during the school day while on school property or at a school-sponsored event. Minnesota joins Arkansas, Illinois, Maine and Nevada in passing … More Minnesota Joins “SUNucated” States
What’s the best way to reach kids in the 22 states with SUNucate laws so they know they can possess and use sunscreen without a note and promote other sun-safe behaviors? ASDSA and the Indiana Academy of Dermatology (IAD) teamed up to sponsor a Sun Safety Poster contest to promote awareness about Indiana’s SUNucate law. … More ASDSA and the IN Academy of Dermatology (IAD) Sponsor Sun Safety Poster Contest!
The SUNucate coalition congratulates Nevada for becoming the 21st state to implement SUNucate model legislation! The law, signed by Governor Steve Sisolak, enables students to possess and use sunscreen and wear protective clothing in school. It also allows schools to teach students sun-safe behaviors. The effort was assisted by two state partners: the Nevada Society for … More Nevada Adopts SUNucate Legislation
As the state legislative sessions wind down, we wanted to give you a status update on SUNucate bills across the country. Arkansas passed SUNucate, sponsored by Rep. Lee Johnson, MD, an emergency room physician. Maine also passed SUNucate, with the assistance of the Personal Care Products Council, a SUNucate coalition member. Thank you to all … More SUNucate Update – April 2019
Maine took a big step forward to promote the safety of its children by recently becoming the 20th state to pass a law allowing students to possess and use sunscreen at school without a note or prescription from a physician. The use of sunscreen helps protect against overexposure to the sun, a crucial step in … More Maine Passes SUNucate Bill
Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation to allow students to possess and use sunscreen at school without a note or prescription from a physician. The legislation is based on ASDSA’s model bill known as SUNucate, which removes barriers that prohibit students from bringing and applying over-the-counter sunscreen at school or during school-related activities. Arkansas is … More Arkansas Becomes 2nd State in 2019 to Pass SUNucate Legislation
In January legislation was signed into law making Illinois the 18th state to allow children to possess and apply sunscreen at school, an important step in preventing skin cancer. The legislation known as SUNucate was introduced by Representative John Connor and carried through the Senate by Senator Tom Cullerton. It is designed to eliminate barriers … More Illinois is the 18th State to Pass SUNucate
The French health authority known as ANSES cites the growing body of scientific research showing there is a proven risk of skin cancer associated with artificial tanning. ANSES points to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifying UV radiation as carcinogenic to humans in 2009 and the many studies that have linked an … More France’s Health Watchdog Recommends Ban on Tanning Beds
The New Jersey Senate Committee on Education unanimously voted S. 1803 out of committee. The legislation ensures K-12 students can possess and apply sunscreen at school without a note from their physician. ASDSA Member, Deirdre Connolly, MD, testified in support of the legislation during the Committee’s hearing and the SUNucate Coalition sent a letter of … More SUNucate Advances in New Jersey
Yesterday, Pennsylvania became the 17th state to allow children to possess and apply sunscreen at school, an important step in preventing skin cancer. Governor Tom Wolf approved HB 1228, a piece of legislation based on ASDSA’s model bill known as SUNucate to remove barriers that prohibit students from bringing and applying over-the-counter sunscreen at school … More Pennsylvania Passes SUNucate, Allowing Sunscreen Use and Protective Clothing at School
Did you know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers sunscreen a drug, much like ibuprofen, and many states don’t allow it in schools? That means kids can’t bring it to school without a doctor’s note and even then must see the school nurse in order to use it. It’s a shocking fact! In … More Legal Barriers to Sun Safety in Schools
The SUNucate Coalition is pleased to welcome the American Melanoma Foundation, Melanoma Research Alliance and Outrun the Sun to the partners working to lessen the impact of sun exposure at schools and youth camps. The SUNucate coalition advances model legislation that eliminates barriers to sun protection measures by allowing students to bring and apply sunscreen … More SUNucate Coalition is growing!
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law that bans children under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has been linked to indoor tanning. Each year, more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer, including both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, are linked to indoor tanning … More New York Bans Minors from Indoor Tanning
Yesterday, the FDA sent warning letters to companies marketing supplemental pills and capsules that purportedly provide protection from the sun. The FDA has not approved any oral medications that can achieve protection from ultraviolet rays and took the step of sending these warning letters to protect consumers from false and misleading claims. Sunscreen is the … More Be Warned: Sun Sunscreen Pills Don’t Work
Skin cancer is strongly linked to exposure to UV radiation. In the United States, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and most cases are preventable. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and is one of the most common types of cancer for young adults and teens.,  Skin cancer treatment … More 10 Reasons States Should Pass Laws to Protect Youth From UV Exposure
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., May 4, 2018 – On Thursday, Governor Mary Fallin approved SB 950, a bill based on ASDSA’s model legislation known as SUNucate, to eliminate barriers that prohibit students from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen in school. Unfortunately, sunscreen is often inaccessible at school due to broad reaching “medication bans” that include sunscreen … More Oklahoma Becomes Eleventh State to Pass SUNucate Model Legislation
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. In 2018, over 90,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed and over 9,300 individuals will die from melanoma. Fortunately, skin cancer is a highly treatable disease and early detection is key. In between seeing a dermatologist, keep an eye on any moles or new spots on … More ASDSA Reminds US to Protect Our Skin on Melanoma Monday
Governor Larry Hogan signed HB 427 into law on Tuesday, making Maryland the second state this year to ensure state policy allows students to possess and use sunscreen at school. The legislation is based on the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association’s (ASDSA) model legislation known as SUNucate to eliminate barriers that prohibit students from … More Over 850,000 Maryland students will be protected from sun exposure
The U.S. Surgeon General’s wife recently had surgery to remove a nodal recurrence of melanoma. Through the Surgeon General’s official Facebook account, he detailed his wife’s treatment and her history of tanning in her youth to raise awareness of melanoma and discuss its risk factors. As the Surgeon General laid out, melanoma is the most … More US Surgeon General raises melanoma awareness through family experience
The Indiana Academy of Dermatology (IAD), with a grant from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA), helped successfully pass legislation to ensure students are protected from the dangers of UV rays while at school. Governor Eric Holcomb signed the bill, making Indiana the first state in 2018 to help better protect children through … More Indiana Becomes First ‘SUNucated’ State in 2018
Sunscreen is a must to help prevent skin cancer, regardless of the time of year. Take some time to learn about sunscreen to make sure you’re protected. … More Get to know your sunscreen – three helpful tips!