As of today, minors are no longer allowed to use tanning beds. The latter have been acknowledged as highly carcinogenic and dangerous especially for teenagers’ sensitive skin.
Medical experts have finally managed to make progress in the battle against cancer. The advancement came under the form of an FDA ban proposition against the use of tanning beds on behalf of minors and teenagers under the age of 18.
Recent fashion trends are causing increasingly more teenagers to abuse tanning beds and self-tanning lotions, regardless of the consequences it could have on their health. The Food and Drug Administration is determined to make tanning beds inaccessible by implementing new regulations.
According to the recent announcement that the administration has made, minors and teenagers will not be allowed to enter a tanning facility until they have come of age. Moreover, they will have to sign an agreement proving that they understand the risks they are exposing themselves to during tanning bed exposure.
Owners of tanning facilities will have to obey to new rules, too, the FDA has stated. Tanning bed labels would have to be written in a friendly manner so all users can understand them. New safety measures will have to be added to tanning facilities and they will be in keeping with the new discoveries that medical researchers have made. Particularly eye protection has to be improved as recent studies have revealed that few tanning salons provide proper security.
FDA holds it is absolutely necessary to regulate the use of tanning beds among social categories of all ages. Medical research has revealed that these facilities are harmful to humans because they lead to skin cancer.
Even though tanning beds are not the only possible cause of skin cancer, it helps reducing them. Medical studies have revealed that skin cancer is the most frequent form of cancer among teenagers with ages between 25 and 29 years old. For this reason, the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Dermatology thinks rules against tanning beds should be just as strict as the ones against cigarettes.
1.6 million minors tan themselves indoor each year, a report from 2013 indicates. Every year, 3,000 people get injured during exposure to tanning beds and reports look increasingly worrisome if we consider annual skin cancer diagnoses, too.
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