News and Events

Sunlight exposure: risks and benefits – a new NICE guideline for the UK

9 February 2016

A recently published NICE guideline for the UK addresses how to communicate the risks and benefits of natural sunlight exposure (specifically, the ultraviolet rays UVA and UVB) to help people understand why they may need to modify their behaviour to reduce their risk of skin cancer and vitamin D deficiency.

Canterbury programme improves skin cancer management

5 February 2016

A regional programme based at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury, has resulted in a greater number of skin cancers being treated by the public health system, a reduction in waiting times for treatment, and fewer minor skin lesions being referred to secondary care.

Poor practices in NZ sunbed industry

4 February 2016

Poor practices continue to exist among sunbed operators in New Zealand, according to the latest Consumer NZ mystery shopper survey. Based upon these results, Consumer NZ will be calling for a ban of sunbeds in New Zealand in its submission on Government proposals for industry regulation.

Statin link with increased NMSC risk

2 February 2016

The use of statins was associated with increased NMSC risk in a cohort of postmenopausal white women, according to an analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Observational Study and WHI Clinical Trial. According to the study authors, “as statin use is likely to increase significantly in the future under the new statin use guidelines and NMSC is already the most common cancer in the United States, these results may be important and warrant further investigation”.

New Australian UV, vitamin D and sun protection guidelines

1 February 2016

Cancer Council Australia, along with the Australasian College of Dermatologists, the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Osteoporosis Australia and the Endocrine Society of Australia have released new guidelines to ensure consistency of public health advice relating to UV, vitamin D and sun protection.

Sunbeds linked with 6-fold melanoma risk in young women

27 January 2016

Sunbeds were strongly associated with increased melanoma risk among women, especially among women younger than 30 years, according to results of a recent study. For these younger women, indoor tanning was associated with a 6-fold increase in the likelihood of developing melanoma. Furthermore, nearly all women in the study (96.8%) diagnosed as having melanoma when younger than 30 years had engaged in indoor tanning, all initiating indoor tanning before age 25 years, and nearly all (90.5%) engaging in frequent indoor tanning (>10 times per year).

Sunbed focus of European public consultation

25 January 2016

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have launched a public consultation on biological UV effects, with a particular reference to sunbeds.

Pregnancy and melanoma

23 January 2016

Two recently published retrospective studies provide differing perspectives on the influence of pregnancy on the development, progression and prognosis of melanoma.