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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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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Beware of the Tanning Bed!

In 2009 the World Health Organization declared tanning beds to be carcinogens. The industry countered that the UVA1 wavelengths were safer. Research has now found that when small areas of the skin of healthy volunteers was irradiated with either UVB or UVA1 wavelengths, changes to the DNA occurred, strongly suggesting carcinogenic effects of both types…

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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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