It only takes a single visit to a tanning bed to increase your chance of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%! Continued use before the age of 35 increases one’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59%. These statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology are striking and should be plastered to the walls of all high schools and colleges to prevent women (and men) from baking themselves closer to death. The good news is that it might be getting easier to stop minors from tanning. In December, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed making it illegal for any minor under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed or sun lamp. While the FDA still hasn’t issued a final rule, more recent studies are echoing how beneficial such a ban would be.
“A total ban on indoor tanning could prevent nearly 203,000 melanoma cases and 23,000 melanoma deaths, and save $1.1 billion in melanoma treatment costs.”
“We know that tanning beds cause skin cancer – the World Health Organization considers them a level one carcinogen, in the same category as plutonium and cigarettes… We need to do what we can to take care of our young, and at risk, population to prevent potentially life threatening conditions as they age” – like melanoma.
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