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FDA Panel Recommends Changing Tanning Bed Medical Device Classification

On March 25, the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee met, and unanimously recommended that the FDA upgrade its classification of tanning devices.

Currently, UV-emitting tanning devices are Class I medical devices, meaning the FDA considers them to “present minimal potential for harm to the user.” The Panel unanimously concluded that this classification was not appropriate, with some Panel members favoring a designation of Class II with restrictions (“special controls”) to limit access by age, and/or skin type. Others thought tanning devices should be upgraded to Class III (the most strictly regulated category), but they acknowledged that the latter reclassification would be difficult to implement.

The FDA will now consider the Panel’s recommendations. For more information, please visit The Skin Cancer Foundation.

The Friday before Memorial Day is Don't Fry Day!

The Friday before Memorial Day has been declared Don't Fry Day to encourage sun safety awareness. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and the Maryland Skin Cancer Prevention Program launch the second annual National Sun Safety Day, Don’t Fry Day, to promote a spike in education and awareness before many families spend time outdoors Memorial Day weekend and begin the season of summer outdoor activities. Remember to protect your skin today and everyday!

Remember, Slip, Slop, Slap®...and Wrap and plan activities away from the midday sun:

  - Slip on a shirt;
  - Slop on sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher);
  - Slap on a hat; and

  -Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them  from ultraviolet light.

For more information about Don't Fry Day, please visit the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

10th Annual SunGuard Your Skin Poster Contest!

Vote NOW for the National Winner of the 2010 SunWise with SHADE Poster Contest- Choose poster 16 to vote for the Maryland winner!

The Maryland Skin Cancer Prevention Program is happy to continue the annual SunGuard Your Skin Poster Contest through a collaboration with the SHADE Foundation. Teachers are encouraged to teach the SunGuard Your Skin curriculum, free to download here. Posters will be submitted to the SunWise with SHADE Foundation Poster Contest for judging and distribution of prizes to the winners. THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

Voting Information:

  1. Voting is open April 16 to May 6.
  2. Click HERE to vote.
  3. Choose Poster #16 to vote for the Maryland winner. "Use Your Head, Don't Get Red"
  4. Click the vote button.
  5. Register by entering your e-mail and creating a password.
  6. Go to your e-mail inbox and click the verification link to make your vote count!
  7. Tell all your friends and family to go vote for the Maryland winner, #16.

Posters were judged in two categories: K-3rd grade and 4-8th grade. For more information about the poster contest please visit the SHADE Foundation.

Thank you to all Maryland students for entering the SunGuard Your Skin Poster Contest! Please check back for Maryland winners and the national winner.

ABC News' 20/20 and Cosmopolitan magazine collaborate to investigate tanning beds

Cosmopolitan magazine teamed up with ABC News' 20/0 to expose the misleading information being provided by tanning salons despite new research demonstrating that indoor tanning increases your risk for melanoma.

"Scary Truths Tanning Salons Deny"

Cosmopolitan Magazine, December 2009

"Tanning Salons Downplay Health Risks: Undercover Report Exposes the Dark Side of Indoor Tanning Salons"

ABC News' 20/20, December 4, 2009

Howard County Bans Indoor Tanning for Minors

The Howard County Board of Health voted to ban people under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning devices. The new regulation will take effect Thursday, November 12, 2009.

Risk of Melanoma increases 75%!

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) concludes that the risk of melanoma is increased by 75% when use of tanning devices starts before age 30. For more information, click here.

Vitamin D Position Statement

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention encourages Americans to obtain vitamin D through diet and supplements.

Commercial IndoorTanning Facilities Outnumber Starbucks, McDonald's

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed the overwhelming number of indoor tanning facilities in 116 US cities. The study, which was completed by Dr. Joni Mayer and colleagues at San Diego University's Graduate School of Public Health, concluded that there were more tanning facilities in 116 largely populated US cities than Starbucks or McDonald's despite the known hazards associated with tanning beds.

Watch coverage of the new study on Good Morning America.

Melanoma Rates Jump in Young Women!

An analysis published through the National Cancer Institute found that the rate of new Melanoma cases in younger owmen jumped 50 percent since 1980. Rates for younger men did not increase during the same period. Although the study did not examine the casue of this alarming increase in melanoma rates, it is thought that it may be the popularity among young women of tanning both in the sun and in tanning beds.

"Melanoma Concerns on the Rise as Rates Climb for Women, Remain Steady for Men" -Baltimore Examiner, July 24, 2008

Winners of the 2009 SunGuard Your Skin Poster Contest!

First Place Winners

Second Place Winners

Third Place Winners

Honorable Mention Winners


Tanning Bed Law Goes Into Effect!

As of October 1, 2008 Maryland law requires all minors under the age of 18, to have written in-person parental consent before using a commerical tanning facility. Establishments which do not enforce the law can face fines starting at $500 and increasing for each additional offense. Click here to view Poster!

Students CAN Use Sunscreen in School!

Maryland law now allows students to apply the sunscreen they bring to school, in accordance with the Maryland State School Health Services Guideline, Sun Safety for Schools.

US Dept. of Health and Human Services says Tanning Bed Exposure is a Human Carcinogen (cancer causing agent)!

The National Toxicology Program 9th Report on Carcinogens recently stated that "exposure to sunlamps or sun beds is known to be a human carcinogen." This means that the ultraviolet light emitted from tanning beds can cause skin cancer just as the ultraviolet rays from the sun can. Tanning beds have been linked to skin cancer and cause wrinkled, leathery skin. Remember: There is no such thing as a safe tan! Download the Fact Sheet here.