ACS CAN supports legislation to protect the public from an increased risk of skin cancer by prohibiting minors from using indoor tanning devices.
An increase in skin cancer has been directly linked to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by indoor tanning devices. Younger people are at a higher risk of suffering from harmful effects later in life.
The evidence is clear: Tanning devices have been classified as "carcinogenic to humans" by the World Health Organization. People who use tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 59 percent. Melanoma is one of the most common cancers among people in their 20s.