SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Nov. 9, 2011) -
Statement from Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD
President, American Academy of Dermatology Association
The American Academy of Dermatology Association is pleased that the USPSTF has recommended that sun-protection counseling is important for children, adolescents and young adults with fair skin types. However, the Academy believes sun-protection counseling is important for everyone, including the adult population. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually, and excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and tanning beds is the most preventable cause of all skin cancers.
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1 (888) 462-DERM (3376) or visit www.aad.org.