Soon teenagers will be banned from
using UV tanning beds. Taking into consideration the risk of skin cancer among adolescent
girls, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has urged this move. Previously
the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association have already
warned against the use of tanning beds. According to the official AAP policy
statement, 50,000 licensed tanning salons currently operate in the US. They
receive about 1 million visitors per day, out of which 70% are females.
At present melanoma is the second
most common type of cancer among women aged 20-29years. According to a study,
the risk of melanoma was 74% higher in people who tanned indoors using tanning
beds, compared with those who did not use tanning beds. The risk of melanoma increases
if people start tanning at a young age.
AAP wants to see tanning salons banning access
to under 18-year teens across all states.