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Tougher tanning bed regulations proposed by FDA
"There is a 75% increase in the risk of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, in those who have been exposed to ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning, and the risk increases with each use."
The FDA issued a proposal on Monday that would up the risk-classification of tanning beds and require manufacturers to post warnings, similar to those on tobacco products, on the machines.
The order would reclassify sunlamp products from a low risk device (class I) to a moderate risk device (class II).
"Using indoor tanning beds can damage your skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s proposed changes will help address some of the risks associated with sunlamp products and provide consumers with clear and consistent information.”
[Click here] to read the FDA's full press release.