Tuesday, May 7, 2013

FDA: Tanning Beds Need To Carry Cancer Warnings

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

While two colorful Statehouse debates over tanning beds (in as many years) failed to result in any changes in how Idaho teens use the devices to obtain an unnatural glow, the Food and Drug Administration came out May 6 to push for cancer warnings to be displayed on tanning beds, similar to the warning required for cigarette packs.

Feds want to require sunlamp products to seek FDA clearance before sale, warnings to frequent users that they are at risk for cancer and prohibition of tanning for those younger than 18 years old.

The FDA said the risk of melanoma rises 75 percent in those exposed to ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning.

An estimated 77,000 people are expected to develop melanoma this year in the U.S. and nearly 10,000 will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Lobbyists from the Idaho Medical Association have twice tried to put restrictions on Gem State teens who want to use tanning beds, but both efforts have failed at the Idaho Statehouse.

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