The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2012

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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2011 Foundation News Round Up LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: GOVERNMENTS TAKE ACTION AGAINST INDOOR TANNING In January 2012, the nation's strictest tanning law went into effect in California, barring children under age 18 from using ultraviolet (UV) tanning machines. UV tanning is as- sociated with an increased risk of all forms of skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanomas. About 2.3 million teens tan indoors in the US every year, increasing their melanoma risk by 75 percent. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 31 other states limit minors' access to tanning beds, and many others are debating similar actions. California isn't the first government to institute a complete ban on under-18 tanning: last year, the United Kingdom passed just such a law. And since 2009, Brazil has prohibited all indoor tanning for cosmetic purposes. Following their lead, the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) recently announced that as of 2014, it will also ban all indoor tanning. Australia has one of the world's highest skin cancer rates, and since the highly publicized melanoma death of former indoor tanner Clare Oliver in 2007, tanning's popularity has slumped throughout the country. Is Here Daily Use and Active Help You Choose the Right Sunscreen T 10 The New Seal of Recommendation he simple act of choosing the right sunscreen can be so confusing! To help you select the best sunscreen to meet your needs, The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation program has now completed major upgrades. Two separate Seals – the Daily Use Seal and the Active Seal – will replace the traditional single Seal for sunscreens sold in the US. Consumers can be assured that products carrying either have been tested and have been shown to provide both UVA and UVB protection (together known as broad spectrum protection). Formerly, UVB was deemed the chief culprit behind sun damage, but scientists now understand that both UVB and UVA can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging. Only recently did data become sufficient for a reliable test for UVA protection, leading the Foundation to establish new standards based on broad spectrum protection. To be awarded the Seal of Recommendation, products will have to earn one of the new Seals by submitting test data for review by a group of volunteer dermatologists who serve on the Foundation's Photobiology Committee. As of April, 2012, more than 150 products have completed the process. WHICH SEAL PRODUCT IS BEST FOR ME – DAILY USE OR ACTIVE? t The Daily Use Seal is for sunscreens intended to protect customers from incidental sun exposure, the kind that occurs over short periods and might include walking to and from the car and going to work. SK IN CANCER FOUNDAT ION JOURNA L

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