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United States Preventive Services Task Force Suggests Fair-Skinned Youth be Counseled to Avoid UV Rays

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has prepared a draft of proposed guidelines (pdf) suggesting that physicians talk to young people with fair skin about protecting themselves from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  This proposal is based on the best evidence based medicine available.

This decision is in line with the World Health Organization, Americanan Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Pediatrics call for a ban on indoor tanning.  It would be a tremendous step to focus on educating our youth – as habits started young will remain with patients throughout their life and be passed on to their families.  Early intervention like this can have a huge impact over the next 50 years on decreasing skin cancer rates.

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