New guidelines aim to protect indoor tanners

Jan 31, 2011

Indoor tanning salons are facing stricter guidelines

Tanning salons in New York have to meet new safety guidelines, according to an announcement made by State Health Commissioner Richard Daines.

Indoor tanning has been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer along with premature skin aging. The new regulations prohibit the service being offered to those under the age of 14 and those younger than 18 must have signed parental consent.

"UV radiation produced by indoor tanning devices can cause the same damage to the skin as natural sunlight," says Daines. "Because the harmful effects of UV exposure are cumulative over time, indoor tanning devices pose the highest risk to children and young adults by increasing their overall lifetime exposure."

Despite such risks, many people still decide to go tanning. More than 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men say they have used a tanning bed within the past year, according to data published in the Archives of Dermatology.

Those who have once been diagnosed with cancer may find themselves paying higher life insurance premiums. Insurers often charge such individuals higher rates because of the risk of a relapse. 

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