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Fake 'n bake tanning salons should carry warning labels: FDA


The US Food and Drug Administration has said that it wants warning labels on all promotional materials related to indoor tanning.


Donald Miralle

Labels should be put on tanning beds warning against the risk of cancer says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The call comes amid mounting evidence that tanning beds increase the risk of skin cancer.

Indoor tanning increases melanoma risk by 75 percent studies show.

"We're not trying to burden tanning salons," said Jeffrey Shuren, the FDA's director for medical devices, according to CNN.

"But there are really concerning studies of adolescents being burned from excess UV radiation from indoor tanning."

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The skin cancer in older people is linked to UV radiation exposure earlier in life.

In its warning, the FDA also said that those under 18 should not use the beds.

The federal agency wants to put warning labels on all promotional material for indoor tanning.

They also want better timers on the actual devices along with lowered radiation output.

It is estimated that 2.3 million teenagers in the US use tanning beds.

Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer among young adults.