FDA wants cancer warnings for tanning beds

| June 2, 2013

FDA wants cancer warnings for tanning beds

By AP staff

WASHINGTON – Indoor tanning  beds would carry new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to  additional regulations, under a proposal unveiled by the Food and Drug  Administration.

The FDA wants all tanning beds to carry language warning  people under the age of 18 about the risks of indoor tanning. The agency would  also require manufacturers to submit their beds for federal review before  marketing them.

The action is aimed at curbing cases of melanoma, the  deadliest form of skin cancer, which have been rising for 30 years. This year an  estimated 76,690 people will be diagnosed with the disease.

The risk of  melanoma is 75 percent greater in people who have been exposed to ultraviolet  radiation from indoor tanning.

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