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UVR, Sun Protection & Driving

Researchers show link between driving and skin cancer. Here are steps to protect from dangerous UVR when driving.

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Support Tanning Beds Initiatives Despite Their Limitations

Despite their limitations, two federal initiatives limiting access to tanning beds should be supported as they focus public attention on the dangers of tanning beds.

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Kelly Osbourne’s Fake Tan: Bronzed Look Ballyhoo

Kelly Osbourne is getting some attention for her new bronzed look, a tanning spray on. She is recently appointed spokesperson for a “self esteem” campaign focused on body issues. We’d say she is already doing a good job.

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Skin Type and Sun Protection

Knowing your skin type is a important means of understanding your potential risk factor for skin damage, including skin cancer. Here is a chart to analyze your skin type.

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Use Tanning Tax to Fund Skin Cancer Public Education

Here is short video on the need for public education on skin cancer. And, how to fund it.

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Indoor Tanning Tax Begins Today

Although the indoor tanning industry has loudly protested the imposition of a new tanning tax, it is unlikely to have much impact on tanning beds usage.

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Sun Protection Inside Your Home

UVR in the home is associated with premature aging of the skin and some skin cancers.

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Trees Help Provide Sun Protection

With summer fast approaching, I keep thinking about the need for shade.  While trees are not the most effective shade available, they are certainly a desired method for achieving shade.  They help improve the environment, are beautiful to look at, and can last for generations.
If you are selecting trees for shade, be sure to do [...]

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Tanning Industry Takes its Cue from Big Tobacco

A fascinating and important study just published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology finds similarities in the way cigarettes and tanning beds are marketed.
Dermatologist David A. Jones, MD, PhD, FAAD, of Newton, Mass., writes that both industries employ advertising strategies to counteract health concerns of their products in order to positively influence [...]

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Skin Cancer Driving Risks

Skin cancers are often found on the left forearm.  Why?  One reason may be that while a car provides substantial shading, the glass areas do not sufficiently block UVR exposure. And since it is not uncommon for people to send several hours a day in a car, the implications for skin problems are considerable.
In the [...]

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Effective Shade Important Role in Sun Protection

A- Avoid unprotected exposure to UVR of any kind, including tanning beds, and seek shade.
I was delighted to read that San Francisco is funding a study about how much shade is needed in the city’s parks.  I’m unclear whether this study has been proposed because people simply want more trees, or because having shade is [...]

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Sun Tanning: A Pix is Worth a Thousand Words

We came across this photo and couldn’t resist posting it, not because we consider it humorous, but because it illustrates the all too-common perception that tans are attractive.  This is one reason we are so delighted to see the fashion industry begin to publicly speak out in support of pale skin.

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