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FDA strengthens warnings of indoor tanning

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening indoor tanning regulations.

On Thursday, the FDA announced it is changing its regulation of sunlamp products and UV lamps intended for use in sunlamp products. The changes strengthen the oversight of these devices, and require that sunlamp products carry a visible, black-box warning stating that they should not be used on people under the age of 18.

The FDA says sunlamp products, such as tanning beds or tanning booths, increase the risk of eye damage, skin damage, and skin cancer, specifically melanoma. According to the American Academy of Dermatology and the World Health Organization, indoor tanning heightens the risk of developing melanoma by 59 percent, and the risk goes up with each use.

“There is increasing evidence that tanning in childhood to early adult life increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma,” FDA dermatologist Dr. Markham Luke said.

The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 13,000 people die each year from skin cancers, with 9,700 from melanoma. The ACS predicts melanoma will account for 76,100 cases of skin cancer this year.

To learn more about the changes, click here.
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