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College of Public Health

Skin Smart Campus
Skin Smart Campus

Skin Smart Campus

Spreading skin cancer awareness at ETSU

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.

To learn more about the different types of skin cancer, please visit the Skin Cancer Foundation website.



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