It’s about time….
The FDA announced stricter regulations on tanning beds, placing a black box warning stating that they should NOT be used by anyone under the age of 18.
This is a nice step to decrease skin cancer as we know that tannings beds use GREATLY increases the risk of all skin cancers, especially the most deadly form of skin cancer melanoma.
The reason why this is so important is that over two million teenagers used tanning beds last year, with one government study estimating that three in ten white girls in high school used tanning beds in the last year.
Because of increased indoor and outdoor tanning in our youth, melanoma is now the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
Hopefully these regulations will cut tanning bed use and save lives.