WHAT: The American Academy of Pediatrics announced today that it supports legislation that would ban children under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Loyola University Health Systemâs division director of dermatology Rebecca Tung, MD, FAAD, endorses this policy and is available to comment on the protective benefits this would have for kids and teens. âThe rates of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer continue to rise in the United States in part due to the indoor tanning industry,â Dr. Tung said. âI applaud the AAP for opposing indoor tanning and for taking a step forward toward protecting children from harmful ultraviolet radiation.â 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. More than 30 states regulate indoor tanning by minors. Illinois and New York are among the states considering bills barring anyone under 18 from indoor tanning.
To interview Dr. Tung, call Nora Plunkett in Loyola Media Relations, (708) 216-6268.