Bad news for tanners.
The American Academy of Pediatrics announced today that laws should ban minors from going to tanning parlors, reflecting the opinion of other medical organizations including the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.
Since 1992, Melanoma has been increasing by 3% each year in women between the ages of 15 and 39, which health experts attribute to the tanning craze that has swept the nation.
Discussing their strong stance against fake baking, the American Academy of Pediatric's Dr. Sophie Balk said:
"We are looking for legislation that prohibits kids from going to tanning salons. It's protecting our youth from something potentially harmful."
It is no surprise that the Indoor Tanning Association disagrees with any kind of tanning legislation. The associations spokesman, John Overstreet, believes it is a parenting issue, not a legal issue, saying:
"We're talking about getting a sun tan. This is a decision best left for parents, not the government. Let parents make the decision."
Frequent tanners who have been impacted by the serious risks, lke Samantha Hessel, may think differently.
After spending 20 minutes in a tanning bed 3 to 4 times a week all throughout high school, she was diagnosed with melanoma by her freshman year of college.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, which is a risk of tanning all-too-often ignored by teenagers in order to look their best. Hessel explained her continual contamination to UVA rays, which can lead to wrinkles and DNA damage, by saying:
"I wanted to look good and have that darker skin color. I think society makes you feel being tanned is prettier than being pasty white."
So true and so sad.
Besides risking their lives by increasing their chance for developing cancer, teenagers are pre-aging their skin by 10 to 20 years.
Overwhelming data points to a direct correlation between skin cancer and tanning bed use, but unfortunately teenagers have more "important" things to worry about, like prom, then to give serious thought to the consequences of their actions.
We understand kids think they are invincible at a young age and parents should be educating their children on the risks of UVA exposure, however, maybe a little push from the government wouldn't hurt.
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