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The MRF Urges Administration to Take Measures to Prevent Skin Cancer Deaths

The Melanoma Research Foundation submitted a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging it to take the critical step toward reducing skin cancers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a draft rule to tighten regulations on sunlamp products. Before the rule can go into effect OMB must review it, but that agency has taken no action to date. 

For years it has been widely known that sunlamp products, otherwise known as indoor tanning beds and booths, emit harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that causes skin cancer. In 2009, the World Health Organization classified sunlamps as a known carcinogen – in the same category as tobacco smoke. At the time, sunlamps were held to the same level of regulation as harmless tongue depressors. We urge the OMB to expedite its review of what might be one of the most critical steps to reducing the epidemic rates of skin cancer in the United States.  

Full letter attached.