Posts Tagged ‘tanning’

Ban on Tanning Beds

Monday, November 28th, 2011

California’s governor has signed into effect SB 246, which bans the use of tanning beds by anyone under the age of 18- making California the first state to pass such a law.  The bill was the result of efforts by the California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery and the Aim at Melanoma Foundation, and had the support of many other groups.  The law won’t take effect until January 1, 2012 and will ban minors from using indoor tanning beds, with the exception of phototherapy prescribed by a doctor.  Research has shown that use of indoor tanning beds has a direct correlation with an increased risk in melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.  


The dangers of tanning beds

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Photo from Wikipedia

Photo from Wikipedia

The myth that tanning beds are safer than spending time in the sun has been debunked again.  By now, most people know that too much time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer.  Unfortunately, many people believe that tanning salons are a “safer” way to tan.  According to a report published by the American Academy of Dermatology, an “international panel of cancer experts upgraded the warning on tanning beds from probably to definitely able to cause cancer.”  Below you can find a link to read  the full report:

American Academy of Dermatology Commends Reclassification of Tanning Beds as Carcinogenic