Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has been recognized as a Skin Smart Campus by The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. Ensuring the well-being of our students, we are providing a safe and healthy learning and living environment on and off campus, pledging to promote skin cancer prevention policies and education.
The Indoor Tan-Free Skin Smart Campus Initiative is sponsored by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention in response to the 2014 U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer which concluded that there is a strong association between increased risk of skin cancer and indoor tanning use. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure from indoor tanning is completely avoidable which allows for interventions to help reduce skin-cancer related illness and deaths. Numerous studies have found that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with melanoma as one of the most common cancers diagnosed among young adults.
An Initiative Started by a Student
Michelle Militello is a Rocky Vista University COM Class of 2022 medical student. Michelle’s passion for dermatology and her dedication to educate others on sun protection and skin health encouraged her to seek out the Skin Smart Campus initiative and bring it to Rocky Vista University’s campus. Through this initiative, she hopes to not only promote sun safety, but to also provide up to date recommendations and education on skin cancer prevention.