The U.S. Acting Surgeon General today issued “A Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer” – a 112-page report that specifically targets reducing sunbed usage as one of its action points. The American Suntanning Association issued the following press statement to the national media (See link below):
We suggest you refer reporters to this news link.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association has been lobbying the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General’s office for more than five years to encourage the Surgeon General to issue a report on indoor tanning. Last July, Dr. Boris Lushniak, a dermatologist, became acting surgeon general. Within three weeks he posted in the U.S. Federal Register that he was collecting information for such a report. Today’s publication is a culmination of that process.
This story is likely to generate negative press in the short-term — most likely among those who wish to compare UV exposure to tobacco, which was the subject of the famous 1964 Surgeon General’s report. ASA is working to re-establish balance in how the science is reported and to develop bi-partisan support for responsible suncare messaging moving forward.