More States join the Ban on Teen Tanning
Increasing public knowledge about the associated health risks of indoor tanning is a public health issue that continues to gain awareness across the nation. Earlier this year in May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposal that, if finalized, would reclassify sunlamp products from a low risk device (class I) to a moderate risk device (class II).
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer, causing more than 9,400 deaths in 2013. Additionally, indoor tanning before age 35 increases a person’s risk of melanoma by 60–80 percent, says Meg Watson, MPH, of the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in Atlanta. Currently, 33 states have established some limits on the use of indoor tanning facilities for young people, such as requiring parental permission. A recent issue of Dermatology Daily cites a Greenville (SC) News report that Texas has now joined California, Vermont, Oregon and Nevada as the latest state to ban minors under the age of 18 from visiting tanning salons. By the end of 2013, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be almost 77,000 new cases of melanoma in the U.S.
According to our dermatologists here at Silverberg Surgical & Medical Group, it is critical that you take adequate protections to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Plus, we recommend regular skin cancer screenings and frequent self-exams to ensure there are no irregular growths or changes in the appearance or shape of an existing mole.
For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Silverberg Surgical & Medical Group.