The dangers of indoor tanning have been increasingly alarming especially to young women. One of the gravest issues linked to the most widespread indoor tanning technologies is the risk of developing melanoma, which is now the second most common form of cancer in the ranks of adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
Studies have revealed that young women in this age group are more prone to develop melanoma than males, mostly owing to an increased use of indoor tanning beds.
The most exposed to the risk of developing melanoma are young females who use indoor tanning beds frequently. The use of indoor tanning increases the risk of getting melanoma by 75 percent.
In order to raise awareness about the dangers of indoor tanning and its possible role as a factor in developing melanoma, one of the most deadly forms of skin cancer, a congressional briefing was held at the beginning of May.
At the moment, indoor tanning beds are classified as a Class 1 item by the US Food and Drug Administration, which puts them in the same category of “harmlessness” as adhesive bandages and tongue depressors.
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) demanded that the classification be reviewed and more elaborate.
The briefing was attended by a range of personalities and institutions in the field of oncology, dermatology and health care.
The event concluded with public skin screenings. Those who attended had the possibility to determine the level of sun damage to their skin with the use of an UV camera.