Skin cancer education and awareness

AADA emphasizes prevention and system-wide responsibility to address rising costs

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the role of screening and prevention to curb growing rates of skin cancer and associated costs. Every year, more than 2 million free screenings are performed by dermatologists, said AADA President Brett Coldiron, MD, in a statement. AADA also underscored the need for all health stakeholders including providers, payers, lawmakers, pharmaceuticals, and patients, to identify strategies that not only reduce costs, but ensure patients receiving meaningful, high-value care. 

AADA supports DC’s under 18 indoor tanning ban

The AADA submitted a letter of support for the Youth Tanning Safety Act, which would ban minors under the age of 18 from indoor tanning in the District of Columbia. The AADA noted that ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds is classified as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently mandated stricter regulation of tanning beds, and the Surgeon General recently issued a national call-to-action on skin cancer prevention. It also cited the evidence demonstrating that indoor tanning significantly increases one’s risk of developing skin cancer as well as the tanning industry’s practice of consistently misleading customers.

Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus

The AADA continues to advocate for laws and regulations that protect consumers and promote awareness about skin cancer prevention and the dangers of indoor tanning. In July 2013, Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) formed a Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus to focus on addressing the growing rate of skin cancer among Americans.

This new bipartisan Congressional Member Organization will serve as a forum and resource for members of Congress working on this issue, and will support legislative activities and public policies that raise awareness about skin cancer, foster effective skin cancer prevention outreach and education, increase screening and early detection of skin cancer, and improve access to skin cancer care and treatment. Read the press release issued about the Skin Cancer Caucus.

Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus members 

Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Co-Chair
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Co-Chair
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)
Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV)
Rep. David Jolly (R-FL)
Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), Co-Chair
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH)
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Co-Chair
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)
Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC)
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN)
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) 


AADA and CDC to strengthen skin cancer prevention efforts

Citing various social and physiological barriers to successful skin cancer prevention efforts, the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) has recommended that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Surgeon General implement a multi-pronged campaign — including federal, state, and local governments as well as key stakeholders — to educate the public on tanning and skin cancer and institute programs that teach safe skin behaviors at an early age. Read the AADA comment letter to CDC. Recognizing that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is associated with increased skin cancer risk, the CDC issued a request for comment seeking information about ways to prevent skin cancer by reducing UV exposure. CDC will collect and provide the information to the Office of the Surgeon General where it is expected that Interim Surgeon General, dermatologist Boris Lushniak, MD, will identify opportunities to raise awareness on sun-protection practices.


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