FDA calls for cancer warnings on tanning beds - FOX 13 News

FDA calls for cancer warnings on tanning beds

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The FDA is laying down the law when it comes to tanning beds. They want labels warning people under the age of 18 about the risks associated with indoor tanning.

They are hoping to cut down on the number of melanoma cases. Melanoma is the deadliest for of skin cancer, and the number of cases have been on the rise for the last 30 years.

According to the American Cancer Society, this year more than 76,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease. The risk of melanoma is 75 percent higher for people who have been exposed to ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning.

While most cases are diagnosed in people in their 40's and 50's, the disease stems from sun exposure at a young age.

More than 2 million teenagers use indoor tanning beds on a regular basis, and of those, many are under the age of 18.

Medical groups like the American Academy of Dermatology have been urging the Federal government to take action on tanning beds for years. They say indoor tanning ads directly appeal to teenagers' desire to be attractive.

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