Last week Minnesota became the 8th state to prohibit those under 18 from using tanning beds. This followed recommendations from the FDA that propose changes to its regulation of tanning beds, including a strong recommendation against the use of tanning beds by minors under the age of 18. The American Academy of Dermatology also warns that studies have found a 59% increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning. Doctors from Dermatology Consultants have been active in helping this important legislation come to pass.
“This is a very important first step in raising awareness of the risks of using indoor tanning,” said Dr. Katie Barlow. “The World Health Organization places tanning beds in the same category as tobacco and asbestos in their ability to cause cancer. I hope this new measure will help start to shed light of the dangers of using tanning beds in any manner. There is no “safe” indoor tanning.”
“This is moves us forward significantly in raising awareness, preventing skin cancer and saving lives, particularly among young people, ” said Dr. Matthew Larson.
Other states that ban indoor tanning are Vermont, California, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, Texas and Washington.