Utah passes ASDSA SUNucate legislation, protecting kids from skin cancer

SUNucate

Utah has set a great example early on this year by passing this legislation, which highlights the importance of sun protection for our children.

Utah recently became the first state to pass legislation supported by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) which ensures that children are protected from dangerous sun exposure while at school. Since being signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert, legislatures in the states of Alabama, Arizona and Washington have also approved similar measures.

The law, deemed SUNucate, eliminates barriers prohibiting students from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen by exempting these products from requirements implemented by broad reaching ‘medication bans’, such as the need for a physician’s note or prescription. ASDSA applauds Representative Craig Hall and Senator Jacob Anderegg, sponsors of House Bill 288, for their leadership on the issue and thanks both the legislature and Governor for their support of the efforts to help protect children from skin cancer.

“Utah has set a great example early on this year by passing this legislation, which highlights the importance of sun protection for our children. Creating a culture of sun-safe behavior in our youth is an important part of how we can reduce the risk of skin cancer,” said ASDSA President Thomas E. Rohrer, MD. “As dermatologic surgeons, we must help the public understand the real risks of excessive sun exposure and how to mitigate them.”

The impetus for SUNucate were raised by dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons and members of the media who noted that children were being required to bring a prescription from a physician in order to possess or use sunscreen at their…

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