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Indoor Tanning Medical Sign on FINAL

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May 30, 2012Honorable Dean SkelosPresident Pro Tempore and Majority LeaderNew York State SenateLegislative Office Building, Room 909Albany, NY 12247Dear Leader Skelos:We write to call attention to the devastating effects of melanoma and other skin cancers in New YorkState and to express our support of S.2917, a bill sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo that wouldprohibit the use of indoor tanning facilities by children under 18 years old. This legislation is supported bya number of medical professional organizations, public health organizations, patient advocates andcancer centers across New York State.In July 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organizationclassified tanning beds in the highest cancer risk category- group 1- carcinogenic to humans. This findingwas based on a meta-analysis of all research through 2006 which concluded that individuals who usedindoor tanning devices before the age of 30 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.Subsequent studies and numerous medical experts support the IARC’s conclusions that indoor tanningcauses cancer and is particularly harmful to young people. In the past year at least five new studies havebeen published, including a report by the Yale School of Public Health which found that young peoplewho tanned using indoor beds had a 69% increased chance of suffering from early-onset (prior to age 40)basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common form of skin cancer
(Ferrucci, Leah M., et al. J Am Acad Dermatol.December 2012.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2011.11.940
.).The authors stated that indoor tanning was strikingly common in the study of young skin cancer patients,especially women, which they concluded may be the reason why 70% of early-onset BCCs occur infemales. Also, the authors concluded that reducing indoor tanning could translate to a meaningfulreduction in the incidence of both melanoma (which accounts for the majority of death from skin cancer)and BCC. Another study published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology followed 70,000 womenfor 20 years and found increased risk for all three types of skin cancer associated with tanning bed usebefore age 35.Last year, California became the first state in the nation to act upon the compelling scientific evidence andban the use of tanning beds for all children under 18. Vermont has since passed similar legislation.Many other states are considering similar legislation.We respectfully ask for the Senate’s consideration of this bill this legislative session.Signed by the following medical professionals:
 
American Cancer Society19 Dove Street, Suite 103, Albany NY 12210 518-449-5438
 
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Jeanine A. Filardi, RN BSNInfection Control Coordinator NS-LIJHS Stern Center for RehabilitationMary Ellen Grogan, RNNurse EducatorArlette Nunez-Koch, RN, BSNMDS Coordinator, North Shore LIJ Health SystemDenise H. Benkel, MD, MPHConcerned PhysicianNicholas Callahan, MPH DMDDepartment of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kings County Hospital Center/SUNY DownstateMedical CenterRachel Volpe, RNDirector, SI Heart SocietySalvatore Volpe, MDConcerned PhysicianJacqueline Xouris, MS, RNDirector of CSP of Eastern Queens; Director of Health Outreach, New York Hospital QueensAnna Schloms, RN, MSN, NLNurse LeaderJordan S. Zuckerman, MDDirector of Dermatology, The Dermatology Center; On Staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Long IslandJewish Medical Center, NY Hospital Medical Center of QueensJoann J. Frank,MPASupervisor of Patient Access Dept, NSLIJ Manhasset
 
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Peter E. O'Neill, MDChief of Dermatology, Winthrop University HospitalCharisse A. Dolitsky, MDIsland Dermatology PCR. Santillan, BSN,RN,CCRNICU RN, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterAncey Chandy, RN, BSNNSLIJ Stern CECRSuzanne Sirota Rozenberg,DOFellow of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology Clinical adjunct professor , TouroCollege of Osteopathic MedicenePamela Basuk, MD, FAADAssistant Professor of Dermatology, North Shore University Hospital System; Treasurer, LongIsland Dermatology Society.Robert A. Skrokov, M.D.Dermatology Group, P.C., Bay Shore, N.Y. and Assistant Professor of Dermatology, SUNY HealthSciences Center, Stony BrookTara Kaufmann, MDVice Chair, SUNY Stony Brook Department of DermatologyJaymie R. Meliker, PhDGraduate Program in Public Health Department of Preventive Medicine Stony Brook UniversityMichael Dannenberg, MDChief of Dermatology Huntington Hospital NS/LIJ Healthcare Network; President of SuffolkDermatology Society; Past President of Long Island Dermatological Society; DermatologyAssociates of Huntington, PCEdmund Lee, MD, PhDDermatology, North Shore Medical Group of the Mt Sinai Medical Center

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