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Sunlamps & Tanning Beds Get FDA Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is changing label requirements for sunlamps and UV lamps used in indoor tanning salons.
The Food and Drug Administration is changing label requirements for sunlamps and UV lamps used in indoor tanning salons.

The federal agency has changed the labeling requirements from low-risk to moderate-risk devices.

They are also requiring the products carry a black box, visible to consumers, that states the products should not be used to people under age 18. Although the black box is the FDA’s strongest warning, this does not outlaw or restrict these devices to minors.

According to the FDA, the lamps emit UV radiation that may cause skin cancer.

The American Academy of Dermatology says studies have shown people who have been exposed to UV rays from indoor tanning have a 59 percent increase in risk of developing melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

The Indoor Tanning Association says they believe the FDA is responding to pressure from interest groups, but the science isn’t there.

Meaning, dermatologist are calling for even stronger regulations.
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