FDA proposal would ban underaged people from tanning salons

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials are working on a plan that would ban underage people from indoor tanning salons.

It is in response to the American Academy of Dermatology’s recent statistics that found that a person’s risk of developing melanoma increases 75 percent among indoor tanning users.

“So many people are coming in with skin cancers, and it’s just way too young to have them,” Dr. Joyce Fox, a dermatologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said.

The FDA proposal also calls for tanning bed warning labels.

The labels would, much like cigarette warning labels, warn users of the risks associated with sun-lamp usage.

Indoor tanning salon users can expect to see changes about 90 days from approval.

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