World-renowned dermatologist and former acting Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Boris D. Lushniak will be a speaker at Auto Glass Week 2016. The event will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, and takes place October 5–7.
During his Wednesday keynote address, Dr. Lushniak will address general disease prevention then focus on skin cancer, highlighting ultraviolet protection through automotive glass.
Dr. Lushniak served as acting surgeon general from July 2013 to December 2014 and was responsible for the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health and the first ever Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.
“I’ve seen patients with a variety of skin cancers, including people who have died from skin cancer. And it brings to the forefront the facts about melanoma: It’s the deadliest form of skin cancer. Each year we have 63,000-plus cases diagnosed, nearly 9,000 people die. That’s one person every single hour that’s dying from melanoma,” Lushniak said in a recent interview.
He recommended that businesses employing drivers or workers who “encounter substantial UV exposure through windows” consider “sun protection policies [that can] include the provision of equipment or modifications to glass in windows.”
Lushniak spent more than 27 years in the public health service. He now serves as the professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics and professor of dermatology for the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md.