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Indoor Tanning Is Not Safe
Using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan is called indoor tanning. Indoor tanning can cause skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors - A State-by-State Comparison
Recent recommendations from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, state, "Policymakers should consider enacting measures, such as prohibiting minors and discouraging young adults from using indoor tanning facilities, to protect the general population from possible additional risk for melanoma."
Use of Indoor Tanning Devices by Adults — United States, 2010
To examine the proportion of the adult U.S. population reporting indoor tanning in the past 12 months, CDC and the National Cancer Institute analyzed data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
American Academy of Dermatology and AAD Association: Position Statement on Indoor Tanning (PDF)
This position statement by the AADA, amended on November 14, 2009, opposes indoor tanning and supports a ban on the production and sale of indoor tanning equipment for non-medical purposes.
Tanning Beds Substantially Raise Skin Cancer Risks
Indoor tanning may be more dangerous than previously thought. New research finds people who frequent tanning salons significantly increase their risk of getting melanoma, one of the most aggressive and deadliest cancers.
Indoor Tanning Association Settles FTC Charges That it Deceived Consumers About Skin Cancer Risks From Tanning
The Federal Trade Commission today charged the Indoor Tanning Association with making false health and safety claims about indoor tanning. Contrary to claims in the association’s advertising, indoor tanning increases the risk of squamous cell and melanoma skin cancers, according to the FTC complaint.