Rep. Maloney Encourages Accessible Sun Care in Nation’s Schools

Sep 13, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Skin Cancer Caucus co-chair, joined with Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) as well as Representatives David Joyce, Rosa DeLauro, and Evan Jenkins to introduce a resolution in support of state, local and community-level initiatives encouraging caregivers to take preventative measures against sunburns in the minors under their care.

“Rates of melanoma and skin cancer continue to grow across the United States, yet this trend is entirely preventable,” said Rep. Maloney. “Sunscreen is a proven effective method of minimizing the damaging effects of UV Radiation, thus reducing the chance of developing of skin cancer later in life. We need to discuss the dangers of sunburns in the same way we discuss the dangers of smoking.  I believe this resolution is a strong statement in reminding parents, teachers, and other childcare professionals that skin cancer prevention is a lifelong practice and should be instilled in childhood.” 

Currently, many schools require physician authorization for the use of sunscreen, which must be kept in nurses’ offices. This resolution seeks to eliminate this unnecessary burden on guardians and teachers and make sunscreen exempt from the over-the-counter medication bans in our nation’s schools so that it is more accessible and therefore enabling children to be better protected from the sun’s harmful rays at a young age.