Sign in

AAD Issues Statment Urging Public to Be Sun-conscious

For decades, the American Academy of Dermatology has advised the public to practice proper sun protection to prevent skin cancer--and that same advice holds true today, despite any claims to the contrary.

"While the health benefits of vitamin D are well known, it also is well known that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause skin cancer," stated dermatologist C. William Hanke, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Vitamin D is essential for optimal health, and appropriate amounts of vitamin D can be obtained through a healthy diet which includes naturally enriched vitamin D foods, fortified foods and beverages and/or vitamin supplements. Intentional exposure to UV radiation from the sun (natural) or tanning devices (artificial) is not a safe or effective way to obtain vitamin D."

Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. It also is estimated that 116,500 people in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, this year. In addition, 8,420 people are expected to die from melanoma this year.

"There is substantial evidence that excessive exposure to any form of UV radiation increases the risk of developing melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Individuals who intentionally expose themselves to UV radiation for vitamin D are putting themselves at risk for developing skin cancer," said Dr. Hanke. "When you are enjoying yourself outdoors, be smart by taking steps to protect yourself and reduce your risk of skin cancer--seek shade whenever possible, wear sunscreen and cover up with a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, pants and sunglasses. In addition, avoid tanning beds, which also emit UV radiation."

The amount of vitamin D an individual needs is an active area of research. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that anyone concerned about getting enough vitamin D should discuss their options for obtaining sufficient vitamin D from foods and/or vitamin supplements with their doctor.

PRNewswire, March 26, 2008

 

Skip

Welcome to the new SkinInc.com!

Delivering the best information on the spa, skin care and wellness industry is our passion, and we’ve worked hard to design a powerful new website that incorporates cutting-edge technology to bring you:

  • Mobile-friendly Design
  • Integrated Sample Request
  • Refreshed Look and Feel
  • Dynamic Content
  • Free Registration

Mobile-friendly Design

Providing a unified experience from mobile to desktop, responsive design allows you to access Skin Inc. content from any device, whether you’re in the treatment room, at home or on the go!

Integrated Sample Request

Visit Featured Product pages to quickly and easily identify new suppliers and request product samples and information.

Dynamic Content

Articles are now linked with relevant products so you can find the products and treatments you need to provide the best results for your clients.

Free Registration

Create your user account to gain unlimited access to Skin Inc.’s unparalleled content.

Enjoy the New SkinInc.com!

Thank you for joining the Skin Inc. community of passionate skin care professionals. We look forward to providing you the best information to enhance your career!