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Tanning Beds, Should Teens be banned?
Every Spring everyone gets ready to welcome the Summer sun. Some of us prepare ourselves by getting out our summer clothes, other of us start our walking regime and several of us start going to the tanning bed. Teens are a vast majority of the population that flocks to the tanning bed, usually getting ready for that upcoming prom. An astonishing statistic: On the average day there are a million people using a tanning bed. 70 % of these million people are girls primarily ages 16 to 35.
Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics stated they would recommend legislation for the banning of teens from tanning beds. They would like to see Pediatricians support a ban on teens. An advisory board from the Federal Drug Administration agrees. If a ban is not implemented then parental consent will definitely be considered.
This proposal is getting some backing form major organizations. The World Health Organization along with the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology firmly support this ban.
Exposure to UV radiation during tanning destroys skin cells
Ultra Violet radiation is a proven Human Carcinogen.
Most of us know that tanning overall is bad for our skin. Indoor tanning beds are worse because the ultraviolet lights are 10 to 15 times higher than that of the midday sun.
What are the facts? A review of seven studies indicates that there is a significant increase in melanoma in those who have been exposed to indoor UV tanning before the age of 35.
The World Health Organization has listed tanning beds as Group I. This is in the same category as other carcinogens such as plutonium and cigarettes! The Federal Drug Administration currently regulates Indoor tanning machines.
News stories are using the story of Samantha Hessel to get their point across. She is a very pretty high school graduate who developed melanoma from going to the tanning bed. Despite the warnings she saw nothing wrong with preparing for her prom this way. All of her friends were doing it! Statistics from the Skin care foundation show these facts:
- 90 % of pediatric melanoma occurs in girls ages 10 to 20.
- Between 1971 and 2001, Melanoma in those under 20 years of age rose 2.9%.
- Melanoma accounts for 3% of all pediatric cancers.
This is a pretty good video for your teenage daughter!
It seems from the research on the news that a ban on tanning beds for teens is going to become a reality. With all this push from the major health organizations I can see this going through in some form or another. If you are a teen who likes to tan this might be a time to reconsider tanning. If you feel you must have the glowing skin consider the Fake Bake below. Otherwise lets get out the SPF and take care of ourselves!
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