Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning

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The misperceptions and deception around indoor tanning is pervasive. Despite the industry's claims of "healthy and attractive skin," the science is very clear.  The ultraviolet (UV) radiation caused by indoor tanning beds is proven to cause skin cancer.   

We're working in state legislatures across the country to prohibit teenagers - and anyone under age 18 - from using tanning beds, booths and other indoor tanning devices.  Skin cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the nation and results in nearly 14,000 deaths per year. 

One in nine high school girls have used a tanning device.

Latest Updates

October 18, 2019
Pennsylvania

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is calling on the Pennsylvania Legislature to pass legislation that would prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices by youth under the age of 18.

August 1, 2019
Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska falls short when it comes to implementing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer according to the latest edition of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence

August 1, 2019
Utah

Salt Lake City – Utah falls short when it comes to implementing policies and passing legislation to fight cancer, according to a new report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). According to the latest edition of How Do You Measure Up?: A

May 21, 2019
Maine

LD 1297, an act to reduce youth cancer risk - We all know someone who frequents the tanning salon to get that golden glow; teens prepping for prom or maybe someone looking to get some color before heading to a tropical vacation.

Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning Resources

Despite reputable scientific studies showing that tanning devices can cause skin cancer, misconceptions about the risks and dangers of indoor tanning persist. This is due, in part, to misleading advertising and health claims by the tanning industry. This fact sheet debunks many of the most egregious industry claims about indoor tanning.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and rates have been rising for the past 30 years.This factsheet discusses the types of skin cancer, risk factors for the disease, and how it can be prevented.  

The greatest avoidable known risk factor for skin cancer is the use of indoor tanning devices. Yet, each year, approximately nine million Americans engage in indoor tanning.The desire for a tanned appearance causes many people, especially young adults and teenagers, to ignore the serious risks and health warnings and use indoor tanning devices.