WHAT: The City Council voted today to ban minors from using tanning beds in Chicago. Loyola University Health System’s Division Director of Dermatology Rebecca Tung, MD, FAAD, endorses this move and is available to comment on the protective benefits this will have for kids and teens.
“The rates of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer continue to rise in the United States in part due to the indoor tanning industry,” Dr. Tung said. “I applaud the City Council for opposing indoor tanning and for taking a step forward toward protecting children from harmful ultraviolet radiation."
About 30 million Americans visit tanning salons each year despite the risk for wrinkles and the dangers of ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet radiation causes approximately 90 percent of skin cancers, and the risk for melanoma increases by 75 percent if you tan indoors before age 35.
MEDIA: To interview Dr. Tung, call Nora Plunkett in Loyola Media Relations, (708) 417-5014.