Skin Smart Campuses
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, honored June 2021
University of Nebraska, honored May 2021 (Gold status achieved April 2021)
University of Connecticut, honored November 2019
Carroll College, honored October 2019 (Gold status achieved April 2019)
University of Maryland, Baltimore, honored July 2019
Rutgers University, honored July 2019 (Gold status achieved April 2019)
Loyola University New Orleans, honored June 2019
Brown University, honored May 2019
Western Colorado University, honored January 2019
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, honored October 2018
Temple University, honored November 2017
University of North Florida, honored May 2017
Eastern Tennessee State University, honored August 2016
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
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.
“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.”
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.
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."
George Washington University Medical Students Lead Event Addressing Disparity in Skin Cancer Morbidity and Mortality
Sarah Millan, BA and Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD
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.
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.