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FDA: Teen Indoor Tanning Ban Could Curtail Cancer Risk

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By    |   Friday, 18 Dec 2015 02:22 PM

The FDA proposed new regulations this week calling for an indoor tanning ban that would stop teens and anyone under the age of 18 from being exposed to potentially harmful ultra-violet rays.

The Food and Drug Administration already requires a "black box" warning on indoor tanning beds and lamps that say the products shouldn't be used by anyone under 18. But the new proposed rule would outright ban anyone under 18 years of age from using the indoor tanning devices.

"We know that the effects of exposure to UV radiation add up over one’s lifetime. Therefore, UV radiation exposure in youth and teenagers puts them at a greater risk for skin and eye damage later in life," the FDA website said.

In addition to banning young people from indoor tanning, the FDA also wants to require manufacturers and indoor tanning facilities "take more actions to help improve the overall safety of indoor tanning devices to protect adult consumers."

"There is increasing evidence that indoor tanning during childhood and early adult life increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma," Markham C. Luke, M.D., Ph.D., a dermatologist and the deputy office director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA, said on the organization's website. "Hundreds of youth also are injured each year across the country due to using sunlamp products."

Ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning has been shown to increase risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), which quoted estimates that indoor tanning may cause as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year.

Other studies found a "59 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning, and the risk increases with each use," the AAD said.

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