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Melanoma Surgeon and Survivor Has Two Words For You: Get Checked!
Date:8/5/2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Travis Kidner, a surgical oncologist at the Rox Cancer Center who recently survived a Stage I melanoma, has two words of advice: if you started tanning at a young age, "get checked!"

In an first-person Op-Ed published by the Los Angeles Times today (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-kidner-melanoma-20130805,0,7465491.story or http://goo.gl/rdVIjL), Dr. Travis Kidner, who specializes in Breast and Melanoma surgery, tells the story of finding himself at the same operating table where he has removed so many cancers from others. In an emotional and science-based plea, he also urges the FDA to tighten the regulations on tanning beds, adding warning labels to prevent young people from using them.

"As a surgical oncologist, I'm usually the one delivering the bad news. But this time I was the recipient," wrote Dr. Kidner.

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and can strike men and women of all ages, all races, and skin types. The lifetime risk of developing melanoma is one in fifty, with nearly 77,000 Americans being diagnosed with the disease this year alone; sadly, it accounts for 75% of deaths from all forms of skin cancer.

"Research has shown that just one indoor tanning session increases the user's chances of developing melanoma by 20%, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another 2%. One study found that when people first used a tanning bed before the age of 35, they increased their risk for melanoma by 75%," wrote Dr Kidner. The FDA is currently considering a proposal to tighten the regulations on tanning beds, and comments ar
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