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Tanning Beds and Booths to Carry Cancer Warnings — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
May 30, 2014

Tanning Beds and Booths to Carry Cancer Warnings

By Kristin J. Kelley

Edited by Andre Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The FDA is imposing stricter regulation of sunlamp products (tanning booths and beds), including visible black-box warnings stating that the products shouldn't be used by people under 18 years of age. Citing the American Academy of Dermatology, the agency warns that exposure to the UV radiation emitted by sunlamp products increases the risk for melanoma by 59%.

Sunlamp products and the UV lamps used for such products will be reclassified from low risk (class I) to moderate risk (class II). Additionally, the FDA will require some promotional marketing materials to carry the following warning: "Persons repeatedly exposed to UV radiation should be regularly evaluated for skin cancer."

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