Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning


The misperceptions and deception around indoor tanning is pervasive. Despite the industry's claims of "healthy and attractive skin," the science is very clear.  The ultraviolet (UV) radiation caused by indoor tanning beds is proven to cause skin cancer.   

We're working in state legislatures across the country to prohibit teenagers - and anyone under age 18 - from using tanning beds, booths and other indoor tanning devices.  Skin cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the nation and results in nearly 14,000 deaths per year. 

One in nine high school girls have used a tanning device.

Latest Updates

December 4, 2017
West Virginia

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network recognized U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Del. Amy Summers (R-Taylor) today for leading efforts to help cancer patients achieve a better quality of life. ACS CAN presented the awards this morning at its health policy forum at CAMC Cancer Center in Charleston.

October 31, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A new law in Oklahoma prohibiting minors from using indoor tanning devices goes into effect Nov. 1. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) supported the measure and worked alongside lawmakers and skin cancer survivors to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 765. Young

August 3, 2017

Exposure to UV radiation, through sunlight or from tanning beds, is a major risk factor for skin cancer. Despite the serious risks, many teens still frequently use tanning beds. Recent data shows that one in six high school girls use tanning beds by the time they reach their senior year.

August 3, 2017

A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.

Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning Resources

The greatest avoidable known risk factor for skin cancer is avoiding the use of indoor tanning devices. Yet, each year, an estimated 11.3 million Americans engage in indoor tanning. This factsheet discuses ACS CAN's position on tanning devices.

Despite reputable scientific studies showing that tanning devices can cause skin cancer, representatives from the indoor tanning industry continue to make exaggerated claims about the health benefits of artificial ultraviolet (UV) light and indoor tanning. This fact sheet debunks many of the most egregious claims made by the industry.

Teens are susceptible to the misleading health claims touted by the tanning industry and are frequent targets of the industry's marketing promotions. This factsheet debunks many of the most egregious claims by the tanning industry.