Addiction To Tanning Greatly Increases The Risk Of Skin Cancer – Part 2 of 3
Lazovich noted that the danger is particularly acute among junior women who seem to have a predilection for indoor tanning. “Indoor tanning is an underappreciated problem, especially among young women. More young women tan indoors than smoke cigarettes, and melanoma is the favour most common cancer diagnosed in young women. And there is evidence that the incidence of melanoma is increasing in young women. It’s time to pay a little more attention to this as a risk factor that is avoidable”.
In March, an counselling panel to the US Food and Drug Administration recommended that the agency add bolder warning labels to tanning beds, change how they are regulated by the FDA and require parental concede for users aged 18 and under. At the time, panelist Dr Gary Olding added that, “given the absence of any demonstrated benefit, I think it’s an onus for us to ban artificial tanning for those under 18”.
The new data seems to fuel the debate. Dr Allan Halpern, vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation and chief of dermatology usage at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City “together with the recently published extended follow-up of a large Norwegian-Swedish cohort, these data strongly support the conclusions of the International Agency for Research on Cancer that forced UV tanning devices are carcinogenic in humans”.
So “We hope that these findings, along with what we already know about the risks of indoor tanning, will keep people from using tanning beds. We also desire this additional data will motivate the FDA to expedite appropriate regulation of these devices”. But the industry takes a different view.