FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: CONTACT: Meredith Kelly
June 5, 2013 202-224-7433
With Beaching, Boating, Hiking & Fishing Season About to Begin:
SCHUMER: 2M PEOPLE WILL GET SKIN CANCER THIS YEAR, BUT FDA STILL HASN’T APPROVED VASTLY SUPERIOR, LIFE-SAVING SUNSCREEN THAT IS USED IN ALMOST EVERY OTHER COUNTRY – BEEN STUDYING IT FOR ALMOST A DECADE
FDA Yet to Complete Review Of Sunscreens – Available In Almost Every Other Country In The World – That Protect Against Broader Range Of Sun’s Rays, Better Protecting Against Skin Cancer
Schumer To Call For FDA To Finally Allow Superior Sunscreens; Also Calls For Complete Review Of Efficacy Of SPF 50+ Sunscreen – Its Labels Promise Protection But Leave Beachgoers Vulnerable
Melanoma Is Most Deadly of Skin Cancers – In Cap Region Avg 240 Cases of Melanoma Per Year; Roch FL 240 Cases; WNY 316 Cases; Southern Tier 191 Cases; Hudson Valley 461 Cases; Central NY 195 Cases
TODAY, JUNE 5th at 1:30PM on a press conference call, with 2 million Americans expected to be diagnosed with skin cancer this year alone, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will call on the FDA to expedite their testing of ultra-effective sunscreen that better protects from sunburn and skin cancer. There are an average of 1,760 cases of melanoma in Upstate New York each year, and these numbers are only a fraction of all skin cancer cases, which also commonly include basal cell carcinoma and squamous carcinoma. Melanoma diagnoses have risen about 2% per year since 2000, even as sunscreen sales skyrocket. Meanwhile, the FDA has been reviewing critical new sunscreen ingredients for over a decade, and the superior sunscreens are available in almost every other country in the world. Schumer will write to the Commissioner of the FDA to push them for a final decision before the summer. He will also push the FDA to further study the protective qualities of aerosol-based sunscreens, which have been increasing in popularity but may not provide as much protection as traditional sunscreen. Researchers have suggested that some sunscreens with higher SPFs don’t necessarily protect from harmful UVA and UVB rays more than lower SPFs in the way their labeling suggests. The FDA has agreed to study and test sunscreens with SPFs over 50, as well as aerosols, but has delayed action. Schumer today is seeking answers for the delay, which leaves Upstate New York beachgoers, anglers, boaters and others vulnerable.
On the call, Schumer will reveal county by county data of the average number of cases of Melanoma per year in Upstate New York.
WHEN: TODAY, JUNE 5th
TIME: 1:30 PM