What Are The Dangers Of Indoor Tanning?

On December 13, 2013, the New York City Board of Health adopted new indoor tanning regulations, which will continue to strengthen existing rules while also educating the community on the harmful affects of UV exposure.

The Board unanimously adopted new rules that require clearer warning labels about the dangers of indoor tanning, and routine inspections of tanning facilities to ensure that tanning devices are operating within the ultraviolet range limits allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) applauds the board’s decision and believes the city in heading in the right direction.

“New York City’s commitment to the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma– the deadliest form of skin cancer– is commendable,” said Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and president of the AADA. “The city’s willingness to strengthen their existing regulations exemplifies a true commitment to protecting the public from the dangers of indoor tanning.”

In 2012, New York State passed legislation that prohibits the use of indoor tanning beds by minors 16 and younger and required 17-year-old young men and women to obtain parental consent. The state enforced this state law while also launching a public education campaign on the risks associated with UV exposure.

More than 3.5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year and, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, indoor tanning may be the cause of about 400,000 of those cases. Studies have found a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation while indoor tanning, and the risk increases with every use.

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