tanning beds

A dangerous practice

It's now almost one year to the day that the Food and Drug Administration publicly recommended that teenagers be prevented from using tanning beds. It was a compelling and worthwhile statement based on science that would save thousands of young lives.

"Indoor tanning is a known contributor to skin cancer, including melanoma (its most deadly form), and other skin damage. Yet, 1.6 million minors indoor tan each year, increasing their risk of skin cancer and other damage," the agency stated on Dec. 18, 2015. "According to the American Academy of Dermatology, those who have been exposed to radiation from indoor tanning are 59 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned...

solariumMemorial Day is past, and summer is upon us and so is tanning season. Many people like to get their first tans at indoor tanning salons so they can avoid looking pale on their first beach outing. But according to a new advisory from the FDA, such preliminary tanning may be a poor idea.

In a recent advisory, the FDA warns consumers that the UV rays emitted by sunlamps and tanning beds are dangerous just as UV rays from the sun are. Among the...

160109246The number of New Yorkers diagnosed with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has doubled since the 1990s. In reaction to those numbers, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will soon be able to add transferring oversight of tanning salons to the New York City Department of Health the tanorexic plan to his list of public health ventures. These already include banning smoking at the city s bars and restaurants,...