Sunlamps Black Labeled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued stricter regulations on sunlamp products used in tanning booths and beds. Visible warnings are now required which state that the products should not be used by those under 18 years of age. These products are also being reclassified from low risk to moderate risk. PositiveTip: Important advice: "Persons…

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Humans Can’t Change Bad Behavioirs

It is difficult for humans to change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time. New research on the often deadly cancer, melanoma demonstrates this frustrating tendency as described in the Bible. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may…

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Proposed Reclassification of Tanning Beds

The Federal government (U.S.) has proposed that indoor tanning beds be labeled stating those 18 or younger should not use them, and that people who do, need regular cancer screening. The same proposal has reclassified these beds as a Class II medical device, requiring the manufacturers to show that the product meets performance standards. PositiveTip:…

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Melanoma Risk and Sunbeds

The popularity of indoor tanning is rising, and so is the risk of melanoma. French and Italian scientists have found a 20% increase of melanoma with any amount of sunbed use, but the risk almost doubles when sunbed usage starts before age 35. New ultraviolet tanning units may deliver 10-15 times the levels of ultraviolet…

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Wealth May Buy More Skin Cancer

A California study has found that girls and young women who live in wealthier neighborhoods enjoy more recreation in the sun. As a result, they have a higher risk of melanoma, an often-deadly skin cancer. Researchers suggested that this segment of the population can afford to buy more time at the beach, on the ski…

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Ban Teens from Tanning Beds

Sunlight is one of God’s special blessings. It is essential for vitamin D synthesis in the skin. But too much sun can also harm the skin. Hazards related to excessive UV exposure from tanning beds are outlined in a 30-page technical report just published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.In the United States, a million people…

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Daily Sunscreen Use Delivers Benefits

Excessive sun exposure over a period of years is a known risk factor for melanoma (a malignant skin cancer). Sunscreens were developed to help prevent sunburns which are associated with melanoma risk. Now Australian researchers have shown in a large 14 year, community-based study that melanoma risk was reduced by 50% in those who used…

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