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Stay out of the tanning beds

If you are still using tanning beds, you may want to wake up and realize it is not 1985 anymore. If that weird tan lines and threat of melanoma are not enough to convince you to stay out of a tanning bed, than maybe the facts from a recent USA Today article will inspire you.

  • A study of 2,268 patients reported today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found people who have ever used tanning machines were 74% more likely to develop melanoma than others.
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, in July listed ultraviolet radiation-emitting beds as "carcinogenic to humans," its highest category of cancer risk.
  • The FDA is considering recommendations from an advisory panel that suggested that teens be barred from tanning salons, or at least get parental consent before tanning.
  • Congress included a 10% tax on indoor tanning in the health reform bill to help pay for expanding medical coverage and to make it harder for teens to afford indoor tanning.

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“Stay out of the tanning beds”