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American Academy of Dermatology Issues Statement on FDA Report to Congress About Labeling Information on Indoor Tanning Devices
Date:12/15/2008

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) today issued a statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration's Report to Congress about labeling information on the relationship between the use of indoor tanning devices and development of skin cancer or other skin damage. The FDA report was submitted pursuant to Section 230 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007.

"The American Academy of Dermatology is pleased that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a closer look at the warning label on indoor tanning beds as required by the Tanning Accountability and Notification Act of 2007 (TAN Act)," said dermatologist C. William Hanke, MD, MPH, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Tanning bed use is known to contribute to the development of skin cancer, especially among young adults. The Academy aims to lead the charge to reduce the incidence of and mortality from skin cancer by raising awareness about the dangers of indoor tanning equipment use and promoting stricter regulation of indoor tanning facilities, particularly restricting access by children under 18.

"The FDA's review of the tanning bed label and its subsequent report to Congress, as well as the FDA's public Web site outlining the consequences of indoor tanning, are helpful in raising awareness about the dangers of tanning. However, based on published research studies, the Academy strongly believes that a warning label on the tanning equipment simply is not enough to influence an individual's decision to forego tanning. We hope that the TAN Act is a first step that will lead to more impactful legislation and regulation at the state and federal levels, which will restrict access to indoor tanning facilities for at least minors, and ultimately significantly reduce the incidence of skin cancer," Dr. Hanke said.

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