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Avoid Tanning Beds

Despite warnings about melanoma risk, young women and teens still prefer to tan. According to a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, among almost 4,000 girls ages 14 to 22, the vast majority (81 percent) said they sunbathe outdoors either frequently or occasionally.
Recent recommendations from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, state, “Policymakers should consider enacting measures, such as prohibiting minors and discouraging young adults from using indoor tanning facilities, to protect the general population from possible additional risk for melanoma.”
Currently, at least 32 states regulate the use of tanning facilities by minors. Some counties
also regulate the use of tanning devices, including Howard County, Md., which is the first
jurisdiction to ban indoor tanning for all minors under age 18.
Tanning is not safe. Sunscreen or sunblock should be applied at least 30 minutes before
going outside with reapplication every two hours during peak times, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Avoid
tanning beds entirely.