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Ad in USA TODAY Touts Benefits of Moderate UV Exposure

New Research on the Health Benefits of Vitamin D are Causing Many to Rethink Fears About Sunbathing

WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) launched a pre-emptive strike against those who will hype fears about the sun next week on "Melanoma Monday," by running an ad nationally in USA TODAY.

The text of the ad reads:

"Dermatologists and the sunscreen industry have spent millions on a deceptive campaign to scare Americans away from the sun. Now the tide of research is turning the other direction. The positive effects of getting vitamin D from sunlight are clear. So soak up a little sunlight--indoors or out--a couple of times each week, and get your recommended dose of the "sunshine vitamin."

"The first Monday in May has, unfortunately, become an annual opportunity for the sunscreen and cosmetics industries, along with dermatologists, to wrongly scare people out of the sun," said Sarah Longwell, Communications Director for the ITA. "We think it's time someone told the other side of the story. UV exposure has many health benefits, not the least of which is that it produces vitamin D."

New studies show that vitamin D, which is produced by the skin when exposed to UV light from the sun or tanning beds, protects against a number of cancers, including colon and breast cancer, and also decreases the risk of heart disease.

A Harvard Medical School study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that 60% of Americans are vitamin D deficient.

"More science is emerging every day confirming the enormous health benefits of vitamin D and the significant health consequences of not getting enough of it," continued Longwell. "Before we get carried away by the frightening stories being told by the sun-scare industry, let's take a moment and remember the old adage, 'everything in moderation.'

To schedule an interview, contact Sarah Longwell at 202-420-7865.

The Indoor Tanning Association represents thousands of indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other support industries. The ITA promotes a responsible message about moderate tanning and sunburn prevention.

SOURCE Indoor Tanning Association
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