Today, the Missouri House General Laws Committee approved a bill to prohibit young people under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices. Emily Kalmer, Missouri government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, released the following statement in response:
Save lives, restrict minors from tanning beds
By Kristin Page-Nei and Becky Franks
Prom season will be upon us soon and that means many young Montanans will seek a bronze glow to go with formal attire for their memorable high school events ahead. Little do they know that research shows using indoor tanning devices before the age of 35 increases melanoma by 59 percent, which could put their lives at risk.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. and rates have been rising for the past 30 years. Melanoma accounts for only about one percent of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. The current increase in melanoma in adults is the result of exposure to UV radiation starting in childhood and young adult years. Therefore, preventing exposure to UV radiation as early as possible in a person’s life is critical.
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