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

Be Warned: Sun Sunscreen Pills Don’t Work

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

10 Reasons States Should Pass Laws to Protect Youth From UV Exposure

Skin cancer is strongly linked to exposure to UV radiation.[1] In the United States, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and most cases are preventable.[2] Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and is one of the most common types of cancer for young adults and teens.[3], [4] Skin cancer treatment … More 10 Reasons States Should Pass Laws to Protect Youth From UV Exposure

Oklahoma Becomes Eleventh State to Pass SUNucate Model Legislation

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

ASDSA Reminds US to Protect Our Skin on Melanoma Monday

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

Over 850,000 Maryland students will be protected from sun exposure

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

US Surgeon General raises melanoma awareness through family experience

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

Indiana Becomes First ‘SUNucated’ State in 2018

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

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 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