France’s Health Watchdog Recommends Ban on Tanning Beds

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

SUNucate Advances in New Jersey

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

Pennsylvania Passes SUNucate, Allowing Sunscreen Use and Protective Clothing at School

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

SUNucate Coalition is growing!

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!

New York Bans Minors from Indoor Tanning

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

SUNucate Campaign Receives Profiles of Excellence Award for Advocacy

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) was presented with the Profiles of Excellence (PoE) Award for its advocacy initiative known as SUNucate at the American Association of Medical Society Executives’ (AAMSE) annual conference. SUNucate related measures have successfully passed 16 states with an additional 12 states considering legislation in 2018. The PoE Awards … More SUNucate Campaign Receives Profiles of Excellence Award for Advocacy

Rhode Island Joins States that Ban Minors from Tanning

Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation to prevent minors from using tanning facilities. Rhode Island now joins the many other states that have adopted similar laws to protect youth from the harms of ultraviolet radiation. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has been linked to indoor tanning. Each year, more than 400,000 cases of … More Rhode Island Joins States that Ban Minors from Tanning

Taft Elementary School Kids Participate in Don’t Fry Day

Taft Elementary School in Riverside, CA participated in Don’t Fry Day on Fri., May 25 by encouraging students to Slip, Slop, Slap, or Wrap during recess. Students could Slip on a long sleeve shirt or into the shade, Slop on Sunscreen, Slap on a hat or Wrap on sunglasses. Students who practiced these behaviors earned … More Taft Elementary School Kids Participate in Don’t Fry Day

Hawaii Bans Sunscreen Ingredients

Last month, the Hawaii legislature enacted a law that bans sunscreens that include two common sun blocking chemicals: oxybenzone and octinoxate. State legislators pointed to a study from the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory that found these chemicals can contribute to coral bleaching and can hinder coral reproductive growth. While the law does not go into effect … More Hawaii Bans Sunscreen Ingredients