Monthly Archives: December 2008

Indoor Tanning: What We Say And What (Don’t) Do

So what if you knew about something that when used as intended caused harm, and your state’s regulations directed at that behavior were not enforced?  I bet you would be asking some questions, wouldn’t you?


In this case, we aren’t talking about cigarettes (although the comments above do apply in some jurisdictions around the country).  We are talking about indoor tanning.


The World Health Organization and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection both recommend that children under the age of 18 years not be allowed to use indoor tanning, much less use it with the permission of a parent.


Why?  Because using a sun bed before the age of 35 is associated with a 75% increased risk of developing melanoma.  Indoor tanning is also associated with burns of the skin and eyes, alterations of the immune system, photo-aging of the skin, an increased risk of other skin cancers and causing adverse reactions to medications.


Two recent articles highlight the problems young people face in understanding the risks of indoor tanning, and what happens when states that have laws to restrict indoor tanning among youth are not enforced.


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The Global Cancer Burden: We Can Do More

Cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010.


That is a staggering piece of information and one that deserves our full attention.  It means that despite the progress we have made here in the United States and other developed countries in decreasing the burden from cancer, the rest of the world is far behind and is suffering the consequences.


Today, here at our National Home Office in Atlanta, the American Cancer Society is joining with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer to highlight the worldwide burden of cancer, and what must be done around the globe to stem this needless tide of despair and death.


In the last 30 years of the 20th century, the global burden of cancer has more than doubled.  That trend is projected to continue, and by 2030 there could be 27 million newly diagnosed cases of cancer, 17 million deaths each year and 75 million people alive with cancer within five years of diagnosis.


Why are we seeing this explosion in cancer?


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