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FDA Issues Updated Consumer Report on Indoor Tanning

The FDA recently issued a consumer report that highlights the dangers of exposure to UV radiation and its connection to skin cancer.  Included in the report are warnings against exposure to both the sun and artificial sources (such as tanning beds).  The FDA references the July 2009 International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) reclassification of tanning devices into the highest cancer risk category.  It also challenges the claims made by tanning advocates that sun beds are less dangerous since the intensity of UV radiation from artificial sources can be controlled.  The report expressed concern about children and teens’ exposure to UV rays, as sunburns while young can lead to increased risks of melanoma.  The FDA is currently considering whether to change its performance standards for artificial tanning devices.

 

The report can be accessed through the following link: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm186687.htm

 

The news release can be viewed through the following: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/indoor-tanning-the-risks-of-ultraviolet-rays-78136137.html