Council on Cancer Control to Provide Input on Revisions to Consent for Indoor Tanning by Minors in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD (July 12, 2013) – In the next stage of its review of the consent form for indoor tanning by minors in Maryland, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) will consult with the state’s Council on Cancer Control in September.

The Council will review recent public comments submitted on a proposed consent form and provide input on the scientific issues related to cancer and indoor tanning.

The Chair of the Council is Dr. Stanley Watkins, an oncologist at Johns Hopkins.  The Council also includes Dr. William Nelson, Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital System, and Dr. Kevin Cullen, the director of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland.  The Council includes a wide range of cancer experts as well as consumer members.

“We value the input of this advisory committee, with its depth and breadth of expertise across clinical medicine, public health, and cancer research,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, DHMH Secretary. “Parents deserve the best information when deciding whether to permit their children to use indoor tanning devices.”

“The Council will be pleased to provide guidance to the state on this issue,” said Dr. Watkins.

This Cancer Council meeting will occur on Friday, September 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Weinberg Building at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

Public comments on the recently proposed consent form can be viewed online at: http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OEHFP/EH/SitePages/tanning-for-minors.aspx.

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