While it is true that exposure to UV light is common across all age groups, research supports the claim that high risks of exposure occur more commonly amongst teens which increases the chances of developing skin cancer later in life. Due to the fact that prolonged UV exposure is quite common with teenagers, some states are regulating minors’ use of tanning beds.
Currently, Vermont and California ban the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of eighteen. In addition, some counties and cities even regulate the use of tanning salons. One example of this is Howard County, Maryland, which was the first county to ban indoor tanning for all minors. In 2012, Chicago banned the use of tanning beds for minors as well. Regulations on this include fining salon owners up to $250 for allowing minors to use the tanning beds.
More cities nationwide are proposing bans on tanning beds for minors due to the two main categories of skin cancer, melanoma and nonmelanoma. Melanoma is treatable is caught early, but it can be fatal and is very likely to spread to other parts of the body. Nonmelanoma skin cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body and has a high survival rate if caught early. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2013 there will be 76,690 new cases of melanoma and 9,480 total deaths. ACS recommends avoiding sunlight between 10 AM – 4 PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest, avoiding indoor tanning devices, and using sunscreen when exposed to UV rays.
If you suspect that you have melanoma, then please contact our skin care doctor in Park Ridge. At International Vein & Skin Institute, we use the safest and most effective technology to take care of your skin problems. Call now!