Stay Out Of The Tanning Beds: It’s Cool To Be Pasty

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Teens who prefer to tan inside rather than make use of the Miami sun may see a change if a Food and Drug Administration’s proposal gets approved.

The federal government now wants stronger warnings on indoor tanning beds as more young people develop a deadly form of skin cancer.

The FDA wants more oversight of indoor tanning beds.  They also urged people under 18 not to use them which would help reduce cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in young people.

“So many people are coming in with skin cancers, and it’s just way too young to have them,” said dermatologist Dr. Joyce Fox.

An estimated 2.3 million teenagers tan indoors each year. Studies suggest their risk of melanoma is 75 percent higher than those who don’t use sun lamps.

“Every additional dose of what we consider a carcinogen – ultraviolet light – is another nail in the coffin,” said Dr. Fox.

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