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Date:3/26/2010

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"We think the FDA does a pretty good job of regulating the industry. They have regulated the industry for 20-plus years," Overstreet said in advance of Thursday's meeting. "There is a lot of misinformation about the industry," he added.

Last summer, a report from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer moved tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans." Previously, the agency had classified sunlamps and tanning beds as "probably" carcinogenic, so the move put the devices a notch higher in terms of risk.

Halpern noted that the use of tanning beds by young girls and women is growing -- as is their incidence of skin cancer. "There is one calculation that as many as a quarter of the melanomas in young women can be attributed directly to tanning bed use," he said.

A bill introduced in Congress on Jan. 26, the Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act, also aims to put new restrictions on tanning bed use.

More information

There's more on skin cancer at the American Cancer Society.



SOURCES: Allan Halpern, M.D., vice president, The Skin Cancer Foundation, New York City; John Overstreet, executive director, Indoor Tanning Association, Washington, D.C.; Associated Press


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