TANNING BED USE FOR MINORS INCREASES MELANOMA RISK AND DEATH

A recent meta-analysis and data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey concluded that prohibiting tanning bed use for minors could potentially reduce the incidence of melanoma by 4.9% and the number of melanoma deaths by 4.7%.

It has been long known that tanning bed use increases the risk of cancer, but these findings are quite alarming. A number of States have already made changes that prohibit minors from using tanning beds. Hopefully, other States follow suit.

Robert S. Bader, M.D., Dermatologist

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