NCDA Backs Important Bill Seeking to Ban Indoor Tanning Bed Use among Teens
New legislation introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly would protect children and young adults from the dangers of skin cancer by prohibiting those under the age of 18 from using commercial indoor tanning beds.
"Doctors all over North Carolina especially dermatologists are seeing an epidemic of skin cancer in younger and younger people," N.C. Dermatology Association Past President Dr. Susan Sanders said. "Some of these patients have melanoma, which can be deadly. And all of these patients may face a lifetime of doctor visits, surgery, scarring and medical bills directly linked to their use of tanning beds."
The tanning bed legislation is supported by a coalition of medical and public health organizations, including:
American Cancer Society
North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control
North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force
North Carolina Dermatology Association
North Carolina Medical Society
North Carolina Oncology Association
North Carolina Pediatric Society
AIM at Melanoma
"These groups have endorsed this legislation because the science is clear: indoor tanning poses a serious health risk to thousands of young people in our state," Sanders said.
For more information on this issue and the latest updates on the bill's passage through the NC General Assembly, visit www.preventskincancernc.org.
In related news, NCDA Past President, Robert E. Clark, MD, PhD, of Cary Skin Center, PA, spoke to Raleigh's NBC 17 News about indoor tanning. Watch the video: