The U.S. surgeon general on July 29 released a call to action on preventing skin cancer. As noted in the call to action’s executive summary, “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer calls on partners in prevention from various sectors across the nation to address skin cancer as a major public health problem. Federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments; members of the business, health care, and education sectors; community, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations; and individuals and families are all essential partners in this effort.”
The call to action specifically says indoor tanning is harmful. It also says shade opportunities must be increased in recreational settings and skin cancer prevention should be taught in schools and even during workplace trainings, among other recommendations.
The call to action includes five goals including one focused on strengthening skin cancer prevention research. Action steps within that goal include:
• “Enhance understanding of the burden of skin cancer and its relationship with UV radiation.
• Evaluate the effect of interventions and policies on behavioral and health outcomes.
• Build on behavioral research and surveillance related to UV exposure.
• Quantify the prevalence of tanning in unsupervised locations.”
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