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The Skin Cancer Foundation Honors Industry’s Commitment to Skin Cancer Education and Prevention--Personal Care Products Council Sunscreen Committee Receives Skin Sense Award for its Long Standing Work in the Fight against Skin Cancer

For Immediate Release: 
October 16, 2013
Contact:  Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489 or Hayley McConnell, (215) 932-5097
(Washington, DC) – At its annual gala in New York City last night, The Skin Cancer Foundation honored the Personal Care Products Council’s Sunscreen Committee for its extensive work in educating the public on the importance of practicing a safe sun regimen, including daily use of sunscreens.  The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control agree that skin cancer is the leading preventable cancer, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that proper sunscreen use is a crucial step in the fight against skin cancer and premature skin aging. 
The PCPC Sunscreen Committee was recognized for its work on the Skin Smart TM educational video series that offers an in-depth look at the role sunscreens play as part of an overall safe sun routine, and specifically for their interpretation of FDA’s new sunscreen labeling guidelines that were announced in December 2012.
“Tonight we recognize members of the Personal Care Products Council’s Sunscreen Committee for supporting The Skin Cancer Foundation’s mission of decreasing the incidence of skin cancer through public awareness and education,” said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation, to an audience of approximately 400.
“It is a profound honor to accept this prestigious award on behalf of the Personal Care Products Council Sunscreen Committee.  The Committee’s goal is to ensure that sunscreen is treated in the same manner as seatbelts -- put on automatically,” said Committee Chair Farah Ahmed, who accepted the award for the group.  “Our work, along with the Skin Cancer Foundation’s, is critical and we know it has already opened the eyes of many to the dangers of the sun,” said Ahmed.
“The Centers for Disease Control, The Skin Cancer Foundation, and health care professionals around the world all emphasize the safety of sunscreens and the importance of their use as part of a safe sun regimen.  The dangers of sun exposure are clear and universally recognized by public health professionals and dermatologists.  The National Institutes of Health ‘Report on Carcinogens’ identifies solar UV radiation as a ‘known human carcinogen.’ A single bad burn as a child is known to increase the skin’s susceptibility to damage and skin cancer throughout life.
"We look forward to building on the Foundation’s advocacy efforts to help make sun safety a daily priority for all,” said Ahmed.
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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council's more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S.  As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.
The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Since its inception in 1979, the Foundation has recommended following a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade and covering up with clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use. For more information, visit