Tanning salons are newly regulated by both federal and state government, they get taxed and can be described as a dermatologist best bad guy. They are under siege CNN said. To some policymakers, a siege is not enough considering the high rate of skin cancer and marketing towards minors. Evidently, public health advocate wants to review national restrictions concerning indoor tanning.
According to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., at a May 20 Capitol Hill briefing on the negative effect of indoor tanning, tanning beds deserve to be treated like cigarettes because they are carcinogens in nature. Parents prohibit their children from buying cigarette yet tanning industry continues to market the adolescent’s girls. This is no different from what the tobacco industry does.
Experts contributed that the easy wide availability of tanning industry with low cost contributes to the widespread of melanoma, the deadest form of cancer. Although young girls are fully aware of the associated risk, they are usually the target point. From their analysis, melanoma has been on the increase since 1992 and it keeps growing by 3% every year.
DeLauro, therefore, pushes harder for a national ban on the use of tanning beds specifically by minors younger than 18.
This is the most common form of cancer prevalent among people between the ages of 25 to 29; says the National Cancer Institute. Engaging in a session of indoor tanning increases your chances of melanoma by 20%, unlike someone who has never been in a similar session. Each time a session is repeated, the chances are doubled by another 2%; the Skin Cancer Foundation said. People who regularly expose their skin to tanning have a greater risk of melanoma compared with people who never tanned.
Joe Levy, scientific adviser for the American Suntanning Association, however, maintains that the rational number does not isolate indoor tanning salon. He said that other forms of tanning are included in the high number used by public health advocates. The American Suntanning Association is a trade group that represents the tanning industry.
The Food and Drug Administration, however, mandated that tanning beds have clear labels just like cigarettes informing customers of the dangers. Tanning bed has also been the target of several other medical groups like the American Academy of Dermatology. Already, tanning bed has been banned for young people by 43 states and laws have been enacted demanding parental signature before the services.
Public health advocates still maintain that marketing and availability of tanning bed in places like college campus should be regularly checked.
The study conducted in 2014 on 125 top colleges revealed that about 48% of the colleges have either on the camp or off camp tanning facilities. Again about 14.4 of the indoor tanning salons allow campus cash cards for payment. Increasing the accessibility to college students.
According to Sherry Pagoto, associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, questions about supervision are ongoing to ensure college student who uses tanning bed are above 18 years. Although they are not recorded in this research.
Indoor tanning station finds women in campuses and is located near schools,” Pagoto said. She proceeded to mention companies like Sun Tan City, with 250 salons predominantly in Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states. In their quest to be integrated into university life, they sponsor football games, offer free service to cheerleaders and expand stadiums. They struggle to gain acceptance, especially on campuses.
However, there is an ongoing grassroots campaign as mentioned Lisa McGovern, executive director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families program. This is to encourage colleges to ban the use of college debit card for tanning services. Two universities namely- The University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois have adopted the idea already.
DeLauro is convinced that with constant pressure, other colleges will give in. She also said that parents should be aware of it, that is if their children are offered tanning services in campuses and whether colleges tolerate the use of their card for payment.