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

May 2, 2017

Senate Bill 765 will protect Oklahoma’s children from the dangers of indoor tanning.

April 25, 2017

COUNCIL PRESENTS LEGISLATION AIMED AT PREVENTING SKIN CANCER CB-40-2017 Restricts Minors from Indoor Tanning The Prince George’s County Council, during session on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, presented Council Bill 040-2017, legislation proposed by Council Member Mary Lehman (D) - District 1 prohibiting the use of indoor tanning

April 25, 2017

The Oklahoma House today approved Senate Bill 765, which prohibits the use of indoor tanning devices by minors under the age of 18.

April 18, 2017

On April 18, the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Bill 1-17 that will expand healthy drinks and snacks offered in county vending machines. At least 50 percent of items in machines will meet American Heart Association recommended nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures, and every drink machine

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.