WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 13, 2013) —
The American Academy of Dermatology Association (Academy) applauds the New York City Board of Health for strengthening its indoor tanning regulations. The Board unanimously adopted new rules that require clearer warning labels about the dangers of indoor tanning, and routine inspections of tanning facilities to ensure that tanning devices are operating within the ultraviolet range limits allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“New York City’s commitment to the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is commendable,” said board-certified dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association. “The city’s willingness to strengthen their existing regulations exemplifies a true commitment to protecting the public from the dangers of indoor tanning.”
In 2012, New York State passed legislation that prohibits the use of indoor tanning beds by minors 16 and younger and requires 17-year-olds to obtain parental consent. The new NYC rules will enforce this state law. NYC will also launch a public education campaign on the risks associated with UV exposure.
More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and more than 4,200 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in New York State in 2013 and more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually in the United States with skin cancer. Studies have found a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning, and the risk increases with each use.
The Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ public education initiative is committed to increasing the public’s understanding of skin cancer and motivating people to change their behavior to prevent and detect skin cancer. Visit the SPOT Skin Cancer™ website — www.SpotSkinCancer.org
— to learn how to perform a skin self-exam, download a body mole map for tracking changes on your skin, and find free skin cancer screenings in your area. Those affected by skin cancer also can share their story via the website and download free materials to educate others in their community. Celebrating 75 years of advocating for dermatologic research and quality patient care.
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).