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2Tanning Act Introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives

2Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) introduced the Tanning Accountability and Notification Act (TAN Act - H.R. 4767) to the U.S. House of Representatives, on February 16, 2006.  The bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to determine whether the current labeling of indoor tanning beds provides sufficient information about the risks associated with indoor tanning.

 The TAN Act would require FDA to conduct consumer testing to determine the appropriateness of the current labeling requirements for indoor tanning beds. It also would require FDA to hold public hearings, solicit comments from the public and report to Congress the determinations it makes in the study.

For more information: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-4767

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Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Increasing in Younger Adults

Researchers conducted a study among residents under the age of 40 in Olmsted County, Minnesota to assess trends in the frequency of non-melanoma skin cancer in younger adults. The data was collected about non-melanoma skin cancers diagnosed between 1976 and 2003.

Between these years, the rates of basal cell carcinoma increased significantly among women but not among men.

Rates of squamous cell carcinoma also increased between 1976 and 2003 but the increase affected both men and women.

In light of the increasing frequency of non-melanoma skin cancer in younger adults, the researchers emphasize the importance of skin-cancer prevention messages.  

Reference: Christenson LJ, Borrowman TA, Vachon CM. Incidence of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas in a population younger than 40 years. JAMA. 2005;294:681-690.


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Melanoma on Rise Among Hispanics

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is increasing among Californians of Hispanic descent, especially men, according to a new study published in the March 1 issue of the journal Cancer.  Of added concern is that when the tumors are finally diagnosed, they are generally thicker than those of non-Hispanics-- an indication that the prognosis will be less hopeful for survival.

For the study, researchers looked at data from the California Cancer Registry. Between 1988 and 2001, the rate of invasive melanoma increased significantly among Hispanic men compared to Hispanic women and non-Hispanic whites.


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