• Congrats to our new Skin Smart Campus, Oregon Health & Science University, honored June 2023

Skin Smart Campuses

Platinum Level

Oregon Health & Sciences University, honored June 2023

OHSU's skin safety webpage

Vanderbilt University, honored May 2023

Vanderbilt's skin safety webpage

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, honored May 2023

UT Health Science Center's skin safety webpage

Press Release

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans, honored February 2023

LSUHSC - NO's skin safety webpage

Press Release

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, honored January 2023

UNC Chapel Hill's skin safety webpage

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.S. School of Medicine, honored November 2022

WMed's skin safety webpage (click on Dermatology Interest Group)

Press Release

UMass Chan Medical School, honored September 2022

UMass Chan's skin safety webpage

Miami Dade College - Medical Campus, honored August 2022

MDC Medical Campus' skin safety webpage

Press Release

Medical College of Wisconsin, honored May 2022

MCW's skin safety webpage

Press Release

Jacksonville University, honored January 2022

JU's skin safety webpage

Press Release

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, honored June 2021

SIU's skin safety webpage

Press Release

University of Nebraska, honored May 2021 (Gold status achieved April 2021)

Nebraska's skin safety webpage

Press Release

University of Connecticut, honored November 2019

UConn's skin safety webpage

Press Release

Carroll College, honored October 2019 (Gold status achieved April 2019)

Carroll's skin safety webpage

Press Release

Carroll College students recognized as "Your Skin Is In" Ambassadors

University of Maryland, Baltimore, honored July 2019

UMB's skin safety webpage

Rutgers University, honored July 2019 (Gold status achieved April 2019)

Rutger's skin safety webpage

Loyola University New Orleans, honored June 2019

Loyola's skin safety webpage

Brown University, honored May 2019

Brown's skin safety webpage

Western Colorado University, honored January 2019

Western's skin safety webpage

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, honored October 2018

CU Anschutz's skin safety webpage

Press Release

Temple University, honored November 2017

Temple's skin safety webpage

University of North Florida, honored May 2017

Press Release

Eastern Tennessee State University, honored August 2016

Press Release

ETSU's skin safety webpage

Gold Level

University of Montana, honored May 2019


Association Between State Indoor Tanning Legislation and Google Search Trends Data in the United States From 2006 to 2019: Time-Series Analysis

Carolyn Heckman, PhD, Yong Lin, PhD, Mary Riley, MPH, Yaqun Wang, PhD, Trishnee Bhurosy, PhD, Anna Mitarotondo, BA, Baichen Xu, MS, Jerod Stapleton, PhD
JMIR Dermatology

Internet search trends indicate public interest in a topic and are associated with actual health-related events. This study investigated whether internet searches (as an indicator of interest) related to indoor tanning varied across US states by the type of indoor tanning legislation, using free, publicly available data from Google Trends from 2006 to 2019.

CDC - Skin Cancer - Success Story: Reducing Indoor Tanning on College Campuses

“Universities can play an important role in creating a culture and establishing norms around healthy behavior,” said Dr. Sherry Pagoto, “The purpose of Skin Smart is to give them the tools to do just that.”

girl in tanning bed

Health advocates: Some colleges make indoor tanning too easy

NCSCP campaign wants colleges to adopt anti-tanning policies

"Many colleges just don’t seem to realize the importance of the issue. They don’t see it like they would see tobacco," said Dr. Sherry Pagoto, Skin Smart Campus Initiative co-chair.

When Prevention Works, Nothing Happens

Former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Boris Lushniak, pens editorial in JAMA Dermatology about the role of public health initiatives in the fight against skin cancer, mentions Skin Smart Campus

When prevention works, "there is no disease and therefore nothing bad happens to the person.... oftentimes we do not appreciate or celebrate the successes of prevention. Let’s make nothing happen! Let’s keep on track on that bold and noble mission of preventing skin cancer."

The National Council On Skin Cancer Prevention presents “Insights from Dermatologists”

Listen to renowned national dermatologists and learn about the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP) and the Indoor Tan-free “Skin Smart Campus” initiative. Webinar panelists:  Dr. Boris Lushniak, Former Acting Surgeon General & NCSCP Co-Chair; Dr. Henry Lim, Former President, American Academy of Dermatology; Dr. Adewole Adamson, Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School.

University of Maryland Baltimore is a Skin Smart Campus

George Washington University Medical Students Lead Event Addressing Disparity in Skin Cancer Morbidity and Mortality

Sarah Millan, BA and Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD
MDedge Dermatology

Those who self-identify as Hispanic or Black have a lower self-perceived risk of melanoma. In fact, people of color receive little to no information concerning skin cancer risks and prevention strategies. They often experience a longer time from diagnosis to definitive surgery, resulting in far worse outcomes, compared with non-Hispanic Whites. While the average 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 92% in White patients, it drops to 67% in Black patients. This reality is what led Sarah Millan, a 4th-year medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences to focus on the Ward 8 community in Washington, D.C. – one of the poorest regions in our nation’s capital – well known for limited access to medical care and referred to as a health care desert.

A Call to Action to Eliminate Indoor Tanning

Carolyn J Heckman, PhD, David B Buller, PhD, Jerod Stapleton, PhD
JAMA Dermatology Viewpoint

An estimated 419,245 cases of skin cancer in the US each year are attributable to indoor tanning. Efforts to increase regulations on indoor tanning continue, given its well-established association with melanoma and keratinocyte cancers as well as its popularity among adolescents and young adults. This Viewpoint provides an overview of legislative efforts to limit indoor tanning among minors, discusses policy adoption and implementation challenges, and calls on dermatologists and others to help eliminate indoor tanning to decrease skin cancer incidence.

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