UV Lights Used for Tanning Reclassified by the FDA

By News 8

Published 06/02 2014 02:50PM

Updated 06/02 2014 09:33PM

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a decision to re-classify ultraviolet or UV lamps used in indoor tanning salons.  Previously, the tanning beds were labeled class one, the same as bandages and tongue depressors.  They'll now be class two.  One of the changes will include labels that warn of increased risk of skin cancer and state that the tanning beds are not for anyone under the age of 18.
Doctors say the change is much needed.  Marc Brown, a professor of Dermatology said, "Initially it wasn't really clear what the overall risk would be but more and more studies are showing now that there's a signicant increase risk in skin cancer, especially melanoma, for people who use tanning beds on a regular basis."

The American Academy of Dermatology says studies have shown people who have been exposed to UV rays from indoor tanning have a 59 percent increase of developing melanoma.

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