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The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer Calls on Partners in Prevention From Various Sectors Across The Nation to Address Skin Cancer as a Major Public Health Problem. Read More

TANS Now At The UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI Campus, MIZZOU Rec Center for all Students! Student Charge Accepted. READ MORE

Miles Against Melanoma New Public Service Announcement

Tanning Beds Banned For Teens In California
Bill signed that prohibits most teens from teens getting bronzed in tanning beds. Read More

Introducing the New Seal Of Recommendations for Sun Screen- Daily Use & Active Use
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FDA Panel is Unanimous:  Change Tanning Bed Medical Device Classification.

On March 25, the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee met, and unanimously recommended that the FDA upgrade its classification of tanning devices. Read More

Indoor Tanning Tax Could Save Lives
The House of Representative’s approval of the 10 percent excise tax on the use of indoor tanning beds as part of the new health care reform bill is an important step forward in the fight against skin cancer. With more than 3.5 million estimated cases each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and scientific research has proven an association  between all forms of skin cancer and ultraviolet radiation (UVR), including the UVR from indoor tanning beds...
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Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Incidence Jumps by Over 350 Percent
Recently released data show an alarming increase in skin cancer incidences: A study in the Archives of Dermatology revealed that more than two million people in the US are developing over 3.5 million nonmelanoma skin cancers every year.  This constitutes a more than 350 percent increase in skin cancer since 1994, when rates were last estimated.
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Photosensitivity – A Reason To Be Even Safer in the Sun Photosensitivity is abnormally increased skin sensitivity to the sun's unltraviolet rays (UVR) brought on by certain medications and medical conditions. Read More

Study: Tanning beds can be as deadly as arsenic
Cancer risk jumps 75 percent if ultraviolet radiation device used before 30.
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New Study Shows Alarming Rise in Melanoma in Young Women Ages 15 to 39.
"Now, a new study from researchers at the National Cancer Institute which is reported in the Washington Post has revealed a dramatic alarming increase in the diagnosis of new melanoma cases in younger women, based on an analysis of government cancer statistics. The rate of diagnosis of new melanomas in women aged between 15 and 39 has risen 50 percent since 1980, even though the rate did not increase for men within the same age range during the same time period."
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7 Surprising Skin Cancer Risks
"Skin Caner is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and the rate for the deadliest type, melanoma, has in recent decades climbed by 50 percent in women under age 39.
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Young Skin Cancer follow thru surgery
"Today marks six months since I had a skin cancerous tumor removed from my nose. Please learn from my experience. I should give the disclaimer first and foremost that there are several risk factors for individuals developing skin cancer - especially at a young age."
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I Got Skin Cancer at 17!

"I tried tanning for the first time in sixth grade. I was a cheerleader, and I felt like the pale girl on the team. Everyone on the squad was tanning, and I wasn’t the best one either, so it seemed like I really stood out. We had the same outfits and makeup, so we thought our skin tones should match too. Plus, tanning before a competition gave me confidence, because it helped me blend in with my team. By the time I got to high school, I was tanning every other day."
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"For years, a popular approach to getting a great tan went something like this: slather on some baby oil, then bake. Today, of course, we know better. That kind of unchecked sun exposure can cause skin cancer, which kills thousands of people annually.To get a safe tan, there’s really just one choice — sunless tanning"

"More than 1.3 million cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in the United States last year so staying safe in the sun is more important than ever." Lucy Danziger, editor of Self magazine, joined "Good Morning America" to talk about how to get a safe suntan.

"Patients often ask me when it is safe to use a tanning bed after their surgeries and for years I have answered, “Never!” Most of the time patients think I am being too cautious but I have always explained the issue of healing tissue's sensitivity to Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation-that's the type of light that is responsible for your skin developing a tan. Well, a new international study published in Lancet Oncology has confirmed what I have been saying and sadly proves that I have actually been under-stating the risks of tanning beds.
So, when my patients ask me if it is safe to use a tanning bed, I will still say no and now I can prove it."
Herluf Lund MD
St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery

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