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American Academy of Dermatology Association Commends President Bush for Signing Tanning Accountability and Notification (TAN) Act
Date:9/28/2007

Dr. Baker. "The TAN Act is a first step to correct this and ultimately will help educate the millions of Americans who tan each day about the potential cancer risks associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation."

Nearly 30 million people tan indoors in the United States annually. Of these, 2.3 million are teens. Indoor tanning equipment emits ultraviolet radiation which has been declared a known carcinogen by the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Additionally, exposure to UV light is a known risk factor for melanoma, the second most common cancer in women aged 20-29.

The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating socioeconomic policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or http://www.aad.org.


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