FDA says studies show indoor tanning increases the risk for skin cancer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/2/09

FDA says studies show indoor tanning increases the risk for skin cancer

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With cold weather upon us, many people may be tempted to turn to indoor tanning to stay bronzed through the dark winter months. So, the FDA is warning consumers, there is no such thing as a healthy tan.  Ultraviolet light from indoor tanning beds pose serious dangers, again this is from the FDA, that studies show indoor tanning increases the risk for skin cancer, especially among those who start at a young age and visit tanning beds often.

Just this summer a branch of the World Health Organization moved tanning beds to the highest cancer risk category. An FDA report suggests the makers of tanning beds could at least reduce the UV exposure in the beds by one-fourth, or even a third and still give consumers the look they want, yet reduce the danger.  Experts are now considering changing the sunlamp rules to lower UV exposure.

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