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New FDA Proposed Tanning Bed Regulations Push For Improved Warnings During National Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Date:5/17/2013

San Diego, California (PRWEB) May 17, 2013

In a recent article published by the New York Times, new proposed regulations for tanning beds in the United States was examined. Expert dermatologist Sabrina Fabi, MD, believes the new regulations could be integral in raising awareness pertaining to the damaging effects of indoor tanning.

“Tanning beds may seem like a great alternative to sunbathing, but the same harmful UV rays that are present in sunlight are also found in the lights of tanning beds. This is extremely dangerous for teenagers and adults and increases their likelihood of developing skin cancer,” said board certified San Diego dermatologist Sabrina Fabi, MD.

The new FDA regulations that have been proposed would require labels to be affixed to tanning beds warning that use by minors should be restricted. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 28 million Americans use tanning beds, and of that number, 2 million are under the age of 18. This regulation proposal would be a first step in the direction of restricting the use of tanning beds by minors. The AAD has also stated that the risk of developing melanoma increases by 75 percent for those who have been exposed to ultraviolet radiation from indoor tanning.

“Individuals who use tanning beds thoughtlessly expose themselves to UV rays that can lead to precancerous lesions, and eventually, melanoma, one of the most deadly forms of skin cancer,” said Dr. Mitchel Goldman, incoming President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

At GBFG&F, there are many treatments that can be tailored to patients experiencing precancerous lesions and damage caused by excessive UV ray exposure. One of th
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