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New Research on Genetic Changes in Melanomas and Teens' Use of Indoor Tanning Could Lead to Better Prevention and Treatment Strategies
Date:7/30/2008

aving higher household incomes or weekly allowances.

"Teens appear to be a primary target of the indoor tanning industry, which resembles the tobacco industry in distorting science with the likely result of confusing the public about the facts," said Dr. Weinstock. "We hope these findings will demonstrate the need for tighter regulations and enforcement of this unhealthy practice."

In the interest of protecting public health, the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) opposes indoor tanning and supports a ban on the production and sale of indoor tanning equipment for non-medical purposes. In the meantime, the AADA advocates for youth access laws until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) takes action.

For more information about skin cancer, please visit the SkinCancerNet section on http://www.skincarephysicians.com, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. 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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