Reducing Sunburn in High School Students is an HHS Objective for the Next Decade

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

Recently Enacted Florida Legislation Supports Sunscreen Access

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

Donation Supports Illinois Playground’s Shade Structures

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

CDC Publishes New “Power of Prevention” Fact Sheet on Skin Cancer

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

Encourage Sun Safety Awareness: “Don’t Fry Day” is Friday, May 22!

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!

Virginia and Washington, DC Pass SUNucate Legislation

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

What to Watch in the 2020 Legislative Session

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

Education Efforts Linked to Decreasing Incidence of Melanoma in Young People

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

Florida Bills Would Preempt Local Efforts to Ban Sales of Certain Sunscreens

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

Advocacy for SUNucate Receives an Award for Excellence in a State Campaign

    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