Skin Cancer Month – Tanning Beds, Risks, & PromPosted by HCGH_JS on May 10, 2011 in Cancer, Screenings | 4 comments
May is National Skin Cancer Month and in Howard County we take skin cancer seriously. Howard County was the first jurisdiction in the country to ban the use of tanning beds by children under the age of 18. Since Howard County passed the tanning bed law other groups including The American Academy of Pediatrics, The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Dermatology have come on board supporting legislation to ban the use of tanning beds by minors.
We know it’s Prom season but a Whiter Shade of Pale is the Well & Wise choice!
In addition to stricter tanning laws for minors, sun safety in Howard County also includes free skin cancer screenings at Howard County General Hospital. Please call 410-740-7602 for more information.
For more statistics, check out the Burning Facts by the EPA.
Finally, visit local blog Tales of Two Cities to view “Dear Sixteen Year Old Me”, a cautionary tale about skin cancer produced by DCMF Canada and consider sharing this power video with your favorite sun-loving teen.