AAP Issues Guidelines on Limiting Sun Exposure in Children
Laurie Barclay, MD
February 28, 2011 ? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidelines on limiting sun exposure in children and supporting legislation to prohibit salon tanning by minors, according to a policy statement entitled "Ultraviolet Radiation: A Hazard to Children and Adolescents."
The new recommendations and an accompanying technical document are reported online February 28 and published in the March issue of Pediatrics.
"Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) causes the 3 major forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma; squamous cell carcinoma; and cutaneous malignant melanoma," write Sophie J. Balk, MD, former chairperson, AAP Committee on Environmental Health, and colleagues.