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INDOOR TANNING INCREASES RISK FOR SKIN CANCER, EYE DISEASE
Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Simone) – The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, has declared ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, to be a carcinogen. “Policymakers should consider enacting measures, such as prohibiting minors and discouraging young adults from using indoor tanning facilities, to protect the general population from possible additional risk for melanoma.”
39% of American adults, 59% of college students, and 17% of teens use indoor tanning beds. 70% of these are Caucasian girls and young women – the number of melanoma cases is rising in this group compared to males of the same age. Indoor tanning revenue was about $2.6 billion in 2010.
California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Vermont ban the use of tanning beds for all minors under 18. New Jersey is considering the ban as well. At least 42 states regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors.
3234 indoor tanners forced to seek medical care in emergency rooms each year in US.
The ultraviolet light emitted by tanning beds is more intense that that from the sun. Blistering sunburns in teens and overexposure during childhood increase the risk for skin cancer, skin aging, and eye diseases.
CANCER: indoor tanning may cause 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year that include melanoma, basal cell cancer, and squamous cell cancer.
More melanoma in women.
Indoor tanning before the age of 30 increases the risk for melanoma by 75%.
One indoor tanning session increases risk for squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell by 29%
EYE DISEASES in about 6% of indoor tanners: cataracts, eye melanoma FAINTING in about 10% of indoor tanners: head injuries, broken bones
The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) opposes indoor tanning and supports a ban on the production and sale of indoor tanning equipment for non-medical purposes.
Dr Simone Position: All carcinogens should be banned including indoor tanning. People who say indoor tanning is safe should be held accountable as should those who use indoor tanning. People who develop the above diseases should pay for that attendant medical care.