Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Loyola Physician Available to Comment on Tanning Ban for Kids in Chicago

City Council votes to ban tanning booths for Chicago minors

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.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.