Did you know there are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in America annually
than lung, breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined? In fact, there are approximately
5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year. The different types of skin
cancer include squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and melanoma.
The deadliest of these is melanoma, which is one of the most common cancers to affect
individuals ages 15-29.
Melanomas are malignant tumors that originate from cells called melanocytes, which
are the pigment producing cells of the skin. Melanocytes live in the basal layer of
the epidermis. When melanomas start to develop, they often look like brown or black
moles. However, they can appear in a variety of colors such as red, pink, purple,
blue, or white. If they are not diagnosed and treated early, melanomas can spread
to other areas of the body and cause serious disease. Treatment is not only expensive
but it also reduces quality of life, reduces opportunities for families, and can lead
to premature death.
Most skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV), which comes from both
the sun and indoor tanning devices. Therefore, limiting sun exposure and not using
indoor tanning devices can greatly reduce the risk of skin cancer. This is why ETSU has adopted an indoor tan-free policy. We want to do our part in reducing the risk of skin cancer and promote healthy skin
habits for students. As an indoor tan-free campus:
East Tennessee State University will not list any off-campus housing that includes
indoor tanning as an amenity on the university’s off-campus housing listings website.
East Tennessee State University will not permit any indoor tanning salon to be included
as an ID BUC$ off-campus merchant.
East Tennessee State University will provide access to educational programming (e.g.,
educational website) focusing on the risks of UV exposure and skin cancer prevention practices
to students, faculty and staff at all times.