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Pennsylvania governor signs sunscreen access bill

Oct. 25, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation into law that allows students to bring sunscreen to school without a physician’s note. The bill, HB 1228, also provides for use of sun-protective clothing and hats.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (PAD) and the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) advocated in support of this legislation. PAD received an AADA State Advocacy Grant in 2018 to advocate on the issue.

Budget bill victories for dermatology include skin cancer prevention and melanoma research funding

Oct. 1, 2018

The CDC will have $3 million to spend on skin cancer prevention programs in 2019, up from $2.15 million in 2018. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) advocated for this increase in funding. The funding was included in legislation to keep the government funded beyond Election Day.

The bill also included increases for the NIH — including the National Cancer Institute and National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The legislation funded these agencies for all of fiscal year 2019. The AADA advocated for the increases.

Specifically, NIAMS will see an $18 million increase in funding in 2019; its $605 million allocation is less than the $620 million the AADA sought but significantly more than the $545 million included in President Trump’s budget proposal. Similarly, the NCI will receive $6.15 billion in funding, rising from $5.9 billion in 2018 and $5.6 billion in the president’s 2019 proposal. The NIH as a whole received a $2 billion funding increase from 2018 to 2019.

Finally, the Department of Defense portion of the legislation includes $10 million in funding for melanoma research. The AADA signed on to a letter from the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention seeking this funding. As a result, rather than competing for funding with other types of cancer, melanoma has its own line item, along with breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

AADA continues engaging FDA, industry on sunscreen ingredients

July 23, 2018

The AADA has submitted a comment letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to its draft guidance on Maximal Usage Trials for Topical Active Ingredients Being Considered for Inclusion in an Over the Counter Monograph: Study Elements and Considerations. In its letter, the AADA emphasizes implications that recent proposals to ban the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate can have on the American public, as access to a broad range of sunscreen ingredients may become further limited. Additionally, the AADA again expresses the desire to facilitate discussion between the FDA and industry with the desired goal of new safe (and effective) sunscreen active ingredients becoming available in the United States.

Read the letter.

AADA opposes bill to repeal tan tax

June 15, 2018

The AADA opposed the Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2018 (S. 2600) in a letter to U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). The letter emphasizes that evidence from multiples studies shows that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning devices is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. Read the letter.

AADA, HDS send letter to HI gov. on sunscreen ingredient restriction

May 7, 2018

Along with the Hawaii Dermatological Society, the AADA sent a letter to Hawaii's governor, David Y. Ige, expressing concerns about state legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution in Hawaii of ultraviolet sun protection factor sunscreen personal care products containing oxybenzone and octinxate without a prescription. The letter encouraged Gov. Ige to strongly consider the broad implications of banning oxybenzone sunscreens, and the dangers of sun exposure that Hawaii residents and visitors would face if this legislation is signed into law. It also encourages Gov. Ige to be involved in discussions with the Food and Drug Administration, industry, and the AADA on adding new safe and effective sunscreen ingredients, especially to ensure broad spectrum protection. Read the letter. A similar letter had also been sent to Hawaii's House and Senate.

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AADA pushes for more advanced sunscreen ingredients to market

March 23, 2018

In a letter regarding the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Safety, Innovation and Reform Act (S. 2315), the AADA wrote in support of the introduction of new sunscreen ingredients that are safe and effective, and also for maintaining access to current sunscreen ingredients. While the letter encourages efforts to get more advanced sunscreen ingredients to market, the AADA is neutral on the remainder of the legislation. Read more.

AADA joins coalition letters supporting cancer research & prevention funding

February 21, 2018

The AADA joined fellow members of the One Voice Against Cancer Coalition (OVAC) in sending letters to relevant Senate and House committees in support of increased funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance evidence-based cancer prevention and control programs. Increasing funding for medical research is one of the AADA’s advocacy priorities.

AADA letter to Senate Cancer Coalition supporting tanning tax

December 19, 2017

The AADA sent a letter to members of the Senate Cancer Coalition reiterating the Academy's continued support for the excise tax on indoor tanning services, and opposing its repeal through the Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2017 (H.R. 1150) or other mechanisms including but not limited to efforts to extend expiring Medicare provisions, measures to address certain health-related tax measures, or in any appropriations-related legislation. Click here to read the letter.

AADA comments on USPSTF skin cancer counseling recommendation

November 6, 2017

The AADA has sent a letter to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in response to its draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer. In its draft recommendation, USPSTF found that clinicians should provide counseling to anyone with fair skin ages 6 months to 24 years. The draft recommendation also said there is "insufficient evidence to determine if the benefits outweigh the harms from counseling adults about skin self-examinations for the prevention of skin cancer." Click here to read the AADA's comment letter.

AADA opposes tanning tax repeal in BCRA

June 26, 2017

With the U.S. Senate expected to vote this week on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), its version of legislation to repeal provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the AADA sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to maintain the tax on indoor tanning services. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that repealing the tax would "...reduce revenues by approximately $622 million over the next 10 years, thereby ending a funding source that could be used to address other pressing public health challenges and priorities."  Click here to read the letter.

U.S. Senate passes 'Melanoma Awareness Month' resolution

May 25, 2017

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution supported by the AADA designating May 2017 as "Melanoma Awareness Month."  This resolution - co-authored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) - also encourages the use of sunscreen and protective clothing, supports initiatives to help spread greater awareness of the importance of regular skin checks and the proper application of sunscreen, and supports research for prevention, detection, treatment and a cure for melanoma.  Read the AADA's letter supporting this resolution.

A similar resolution, also supported by the AADA, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Click here for more.

AADA sends advocacy positions and priorities to Senate Finance Chairman

May 23, 2017

In response to a request from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, for comments on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the AADA has sent a letter highlighting the Academy's advocacy positions and priorities.  This letter also includes a copy of the AADA's Health System Reform Principles.  Click here to read the letter.

AADA supports Congressional resolution urging childhood skin protection

May 3, 2017

On behalf of the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus, U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (D-Pa.) ― along with Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), and Evan Jenkins (R-W. Va.) ― has again introduced a resolution (H. Res. 282) encouraging state, local, and community efforts to grant access to sunscreens in schools and expand access to sun safety in camps and other child care centers. The resolution also supports initiatives that encourage health care providers to educate parents and children about sun-safe behaviors. A similar resolution was introduced in the last Congress.

Academy President Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, has submitted a letter of support for H. Res. 282. Click here to read the letter.

AADA joins letter opposing cuts to medical research & cancer prevention efforts

March 23, 2017 

The AADA and other members of the One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) coalition have sent a letter to Congressional leaders opposing potential cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and ultimately the National Cancer Institute (NCI) included in President Trump's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018.  Funding medical research is among the Academy's 2017 advocacy priorities.  Read the OVAC coalition letter, and learn more about the Academy's advocacy priorities for the coming year.

AADA leads multi-organization letter opposing tanning tax repeal

March 22, 2017

The AADA has led a multi-organization letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opposing the repeal of the indoor tanning tax in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.  Click here for the letter and the list of signers.

AADA opposes indoor tanning tax repeal

March 8, 2017 

The AADA has sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing the repeal of the indoor tanning tax. Among several provisions, the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act ― the American Health Care Act (AHCA) ― would repeal the indoor tanning tax.

In the letter, AADA President Henry Lim, MD, states, “With an epidemic of skin cancer which has grown to more than 4 million in number annually, dermatologists have made it a priority to advance public policies that promote prevention and education about skin cancer and the dangers of indoor tanning. By helping to raise awareness of the dangers of indoor tanning, the tax also can serve as a deterrent to help mitigate the risks associated with indoor tanning which are often not shared with customers of indoor tanning facilities.” According the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the indoor tanning tax will add $800 million to the federal deficit.

Congress introduces resolution urging childhood skin protection

September 13, 2016
The Academy submitted a letter of support for H. Res. 854, a resolution supporting state, local, and community initiatives to encourage parents, teachers, camp counselors, and child-care professionals to take measures to prevent sunburns in the minors and to support efforts to curb the incidences of skin cancer beginning with childhood skin protection. Read the letter.