Keep Kids From Getting Skin Cancer

The Evidence Is Clear: Indoor Tanning Causes Cancer. Emerging Evidence Incidates It Can Become Addictive.

Use By Minors Should Be Banned In New York.

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According To The Medical Experts…

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization

IARC raised the classification of UV-emitting indoor tanning devices to the highest level of cancer risk- Group 1- “carcinogenic to humans.” This was based on the scientific findings of its 2006 meta-analysis which concluded that individuals who used indoor tanning devices before the age of 30 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%. - IARC, Summer 2009

Harvard Medical School

“We followed up 73,494 female nurses for 20 years and investigated the frequency of tanning bed use…in relation to three types of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma ‘BCC’, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma)…A dose-response relationship was detected for all three types of skin cancers, …with a significantly higher risk of BCC for those who used (indoor tanning) during high school/college…Our data provide strong evidence for an association between tanning bed use and the risk of skin cancers with a dose-response effect.” - Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Oct. 22, 2011

Yale School of Public Health

“Indoor tanning was associated with a 69% increased risk of early-onset (before age 40) basal cell carcinoma. This association was stronger among females (107%)…Indoor tanning frequency was positively associated with early-onset BCC….Approximately one quarter (27%) of early-onset BCCs (or 43% among women) could be prevented if individuals never tanned indoors. - Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, December 2011

University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center

“People who use any type of tanning bed for any amount of time are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma.” - University of Minnesota, May 2010

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

“A high percentage of subjects who tan frequently in indoor salons experience behaviors and consequences to their tanning consistent with other addictive disorders.” - Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 2010

“Subjects exposed to ultraviolet radiation (from a commercial tanning bed) demonstrate a relative increase in regional cerebral blood flow of the dorsal striatum, anterior insula and medial orbitofrontal cortex, brain regions associated with the experience of reward (and showing similar responses to nicotine, methamphetamine and cocaine). - Journal of Addiction Biology, 2011

National Cancer Institute (NCI), Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

“Given the findings (of a recent analysis of policies and laws on indoor tanning in 116 large U.S. cities), it will likely take stronger age restrictions rather than relying on parental consent [to reduce the use of indoor tanning by teens]… That study did not find an association between youth indoor tanning laws, which mainly consisted of various forms of parental consent, and lower indoor tanning use among teens.” - Anne Harman, Biostatistician, NCI

Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, And Policy

“Nationwide, 15.6% of students used an indoor tanning device 1 or more times during the 12 months before the survey. Among students reporting the use of indoor tanning devices during the 12 months before the survey, 49.1% did so 10 or more times.” - Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, And Policy, “Use of Indoor Tanning Devices by High School Students in the United States, 2009,” published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (does not necessarily reflect the position of the CDC), September, 2011

American Academy of Pediatrics

Teenagers should be banned from tanning salons to reduce their risk of skin cancer.” - Policy Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, February 28, 2011

American Academy of Dermatology

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer for those ages 25 to 29.” - American Academy of Dermatology, New York, June 29, 2010

American Cancer Society

In New York, there were an estimated 3,250 new cases of melanoma and 440 deaths. - American Cancer Society, “Cancer Facts & Figures: 2011”

Legislative Update!

The bill to ban indoor tanning to minor passed the NYS Assembly but awaits action in the NYS Senate.  Join us in urging Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to bring this bill to the full Senate for a vote this session.

Skelos sign-on letter



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