Winter 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 1)

Perry Robins, MD

A Message from
the President

First, some good news: fewer U.S. teens are using tanning beds. In 2013, 20 percent of high school girls reported visiting tanning beds, a drop from 25 percent in 2009, according to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Among high school boys, 5 percent reported using tanning beds in 2013, falling from nearly 7 percent in 2009.

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Sun & Skin News: Winter 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 4)

  • Top US Colleges Support
    Dangerous Indoor Tanning

    We send our children off to college hoping they receive a good education and make lifelong friends. But many of our nation’s top schools also offer something far less beneficial: easy access to ultraviolet (UV) tanning beds, a proven cause of skin cancer. Nearly half of the top 125 US colleges and universities listed in the US News and World Report rankings have tanning facilities on campus or in off-campus housing, according to a study appearing in the January issue of JAMA Dermatology.

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  • Bronze Illusions: What Motivates
    Frequent Tanners?

    We recently discovered some novel work in this area being done by Jerod Stapleton, PhD, a behavioral scientist at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. With a grant from the National Cancer Institute, Stapleton and co-researchers are investigating the social reasons why young people, especially young women, become frequent tanners. By better understanding what drives them, Stapleton hopes to design a web-based application to motivate tanners to stop.Read More

  • New, Improved Sunscreen Ingredients
    Are Given a Legal Push

    In November of 2014, President Obama signed the Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA) into law, mandating that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) step up its approval process for new sunscreen ingredients, a process long stuck in neutral. Several new ingredients providing significantly better ultraviolet A (UVA) filters than those currently available in the US have awaited FDA review for more than a decade.Read More

  • Ask the Expert

    If I'm a senior citizen and have never been diagnosed with skin cancer, am I immune to it?Read More