Some Policy Makers Calling for Tighter Restrictions on Indoor Tanning Beds

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer among people 25 to 29 years old.  That statistic combined with increased marketing of tanning beds toward minors is pushing some lawmakers to call for a national ban on the use of tanning beds by those under the age of 18.  

 Rising skin cancer rates among young people and the increasing number of tanning beds on college campuses is prompting some in congress to call for new national restrictions on indoor tanning beds.

“When you’re young, you’re invinvcible.  And that’s really a challenge because what we have to do as adults is to be stewards of what’s safe.  Just as we ask our children to wear seatbelts when they get in a car, we should also ask them to be safe when it comes to ultraviolet safety,” said Dr. Brett Shulman, dermatologist.

Statistics show melanoma rates among young white women have grown by 3% every year since 1992.  Policy makers are calling for tighter restrictions on access to indoor tanning and in some cases a ban altogether.

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