The new law will go into effect on August 1, 2014.
Louisiana now joins Minnesota, Vermont, California, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
“The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) applauds Louisiana for taking this significant step in protecting its youth from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and non-melanoma skin cancers,” says Cincinatti-based dermatologist Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, president of the AADA, in a news release.
More than 750 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in Louisiana in 2014.
More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. One in five Americans may develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and more than 750 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in Louisiana in 2014, according to the AADA.
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.