Sun and Skin News: Spring 2012 (Vol. 29, No. 1)
A new study reveals an alarming rise over time in melanoma among people aged 18 to 39. Rates of this potentially deadly skin cancer have climbed by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men in the past 40 years.
Uber-tan New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil set off a national uproar in April when she was accused of taking her five-year-old daughter into a tanning booth with her. Krentcil denied all charges, saying her daughter stayed outside the booth, but whether or not her daughter baked alongside her, Krentcil’s behavior set an unhealthy precedent.Read More
Tanning salons routinely provide inaccurate information to teens seeking their services, according to a new congressional report from members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The study found that the vast majority of tanning salons contacted by Committee investigators denied the serious health risks (including skin cancer) associated with indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning, instead claiming that indoor tanning offers health benefits. Read More
An estimated 76,250 new cases of melanoma will occur this year - 6,020 more cases than occurred in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures 2012.Read More
How can I help keep my children sun-safe when they’re involved in sports and activities that keep them outdoors for extended periods of time, especially when I’m not around to supervise them?Read More