The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2013

The 2012 edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal features medically reviewed, reader-friendly articles such as tanning, the increasing incidence of skin cancer diagnoses among young women, & the prevalence of melanoma among white males over 50.

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A PUBLiCAtiOn OF tHe sKin CAnCer FOUndAtiOn • vOL. 14, 2013 NEWS fROm THE INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE AGAINST CANCERS of the SkIN "Widespread and stricter legislation that limits access to indoor tanning for both minors and adults will help to reverse the ever-rising incidence of skin cancer, especially among young people." — Limiting Indoor Tanning LIMITING INdOOr TaNNING: A Worldwide Initiative To Save Lives RAJIV I. NIJHAWAN, MD, AND MARITzA I. PEREz, MD S kin cancer rates are skyrocketing, both in the US, where more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually,1 and around the world. This increase has coincided with the growth of the tanning industry, which generates $5 billion in the US alone every year.2,3 Indoor tanning is also widespread in Northern and Western Europe where, in one 2005 study, 57 percent of participants had used an ultraviolet (UV) tanning machine.4 Tanning's popularity persists despite numerous recent studies showing that the UV radiation emitted by either the sun or tanning machines causes skin cell damage that can lead to skin cancers and premature aging. At this point, the signifcant risks of indoor tanning appear irrefutable. Nonetheless, until recently, this potentially deadly habit went mostly unregulated. Today, innumerable legal efforts worldwide seek to limit indoor tanning, especially among young people — and to help halt the international skin cancer epidemic. THE CASE AGAINST TANNING Decades of research point to a link between indoor tanning and all three major skin cancers. Several studies have documented indoor tanning's association with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.5,6 Overall, those who tan indoors are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma.7 65

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