The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2015

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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For the latest information and updates go to: SkinCancer.org S K I N C A N C E R F O U N D A T I O N In December 2014, the Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA) was signed into law, requiring the FDA to respond in a timely manner to applications for new sunscreen ingredients that have remained in limbo for years. As a charter member of the Public Access to Sunscreens (PASS) Coalition, a group of organizations that was instrumental in developing and promoting the SIA, The Skin Cancer Foundation is hopeful that this law is a step towards improving Americans' access to superior sunscreen ingredients, many of which have been widely used in Europe, Canada and Latin America for years. Several new ingredients potentially providing better ultraviolet A (UVA) filters than those currently available in the US have been awaiting FDA review for more than a decade. E arlier this year, as required by the SIA, the FDA issued rulings on eight sunscreen ingredient applications that have been in the backlog. In every single case, the FDA rejected the applications, declaring that more data is needed to determine whether these products are safe enough to be sold in the US. PASS Coalition policy adviser Michael Werner responded to the FDA's recent move with disappointment. The "action taken by the FDA… means that Americans will not have access to innovative products that have been used safely all over the world—in some cases for more than a decade. With skin cancer and melanoma rates increasing dramatically, Americans need more options to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays." Responding to criticism, the FDA has stated that these new ingredients lack sufficient data on their long-term health effects or how they are absorbed by the body. "Because of the widespread daily use of sunscreens by a broad population, including babies and pregnant women, FDA has proposed data requirements that will allow us to determine that sunscreen ingredients are generally recognized as safe and effective." The FDA has advised manufacturers to perform human and animal studies with these ingredients before re-submitting the applications. Skin Cancer Costs Soaring W ith more and more people developing skin cancer every year, the overall cost of treating the disease in the US is skyrocketing. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the average annual number of adults treated for skin cancer increased from 3.4 million between 2002 and 2006 to 4.9 million between 2007 and 2011, a 44% increase, compared to a 32% increase in all other cancers over the same period. With the average cost per patient also climbing, the overall national cost of treating the disease increased from $3.6 billion per year in 2006 to $8.1 billion per year in 2011, a 126% increase. In that same time period, the annual cost of treating all other cancers went up by only 25%. The data for the report were pulled from the federal government's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which reflects how individuals and families are using our health care system. 1 The highest costs come from advanced skin cancer cases that require months or years of intensive treatments beyond surgery. As the burden on the health care system and economy keeps rising, investing in prevention and early detection efforts will save money as well as lives, the researchers noted. +25% ALL OTHER CANCERS vs. +126% ONLY SKIN CANCER ($8.1 Billion in 2011) Increase in annual treatment costs between '06 and '11 for skin cancer vs. all other cancers. Skin Cancer World News New Sunscreen Law May Help Speed Passage of New Sunscreens 4.9M 2007-2011 3.4M 2002-2006 Increase in average annual number of adults treated for skin cancer 8

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