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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NEXT STEPS While these developments are a good start, much more can be done. First, universities and off-campus property management companies need to be made aware of the health and legal dangers of providing tan- ning beds. If a student using tanning beds is injured or develops skin cancer, these entities may be held liable. 11 Schools and housing fa- cilities can also be held liable for their tanning beds if there is inadequate adherence to safety regulations. We have focus group data on young adults who use tanning beds in these venues that indicate deficient supervision, infrequent provision of eye protection, and a general lack of cleanliness. Second, we recommend that schools and universities implement tan-free campus pro- grams, paralleling the successful efforts of the National Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative. Finally, we encourage families and loved ones to have a conversation with their college-age students to warn them about tanning's dangers and learn about their tanning access: Do they have tanning beds available on or off–campus, free or for a fee? Can they pay for these services with debit cards? We encourage students, parents, and communities to form local and grassroots efforts to urge colleges and universities to adopt anti-tanning policies. Administrations may be particularly responsive to efforts stemming from students and their parents. Schools of public health, medicine, nursing, and health sciences should also part- ner in these efforts with non-profit organiza- tions to help educate administrators about the links between indoor tanning and skin cancer. Activists and health groups should also cam- paign for UV tanning advertisements to bear the label, "Warning: UV tanning causes skin cancer," analogous to the warning labels the Surgeon General imposed on tobacco ads, stating that smoking causes lung cancer. CONCLUSIONS The college years are a critical developmental phase during which young people are away from home for the first time. Many healthy and unhealthy habits can start at this time, with the potential to impact on their lifelong health. Colleges and universities have a responsibil- ity to help reverse the epidemic rates of skin cancer in the US. We encourage efforts from students, parents, and other grassroots groups as well as policymakers to persuade colleges and universities to adopt anti-tanning policies, thereby protecting students from the most prevalent cancer affecting young adults. 46 References on pages 105-107. For the latest information and updates go to: SHERRY PAGOTO, PhD, is an associate profes- sor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and co-founder of the UMass Center for Health and Social Media. Her skin cancer preven- tion research is focused on reducing intentional UV exposure. She is also interested in developing re- search that informs skin cancer prevention policies. ROBERT DELLAVALLE, MD, is a dermatolo- gist at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, associate pro- fessor of dermatology at University of Colorado, and a public health advocate working to better define the global skin disease burden and improve skin health. JOEL HILLHOUSE, PhD, is a professor of pub- lic health and Director of the East Tennessee State University Skin Cancer Prevention Laboratory. DONNA REGEN is a skin cancer advocate, blog- ger, and leader of the Pull the Plug on Tanning Beds Facebook community. She lost her daughter, Jaime Regen Rae, at age 30 to melanoma. CHANTE KARIMKHANIIS is a medical student at Columbia University. LINDSAY BOYERS is a medical student at Georgetown University. KIERA GOFF is a medical student at the Univer- sity of South Carolina. TIM MICHAELIS is a medical student at the University of Utah. HANNAH PEDERSON is a medical student at University of Colorado School of Medicine. ERYN ROYER is a medical student at the University of Colorado. © 2011 The Skin Cancer Foundation Campaign created by Laughlin Constable, Let your inner glow, glow. Get out of the sun. Grab some shade. There's nothing sexier than healthy skin. Protect your skin. Go with the beauty you were born with. It looks great on you. Go with your own glow ™ Follow us on For a list of colleges and universities that allow students to pay for tanning beds with campus cash cards or provide on-campus tanning beds, please visit our College Tanning Campaign at

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