Laws Should Ban Teens From Tanning: AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics wants kids under 18 to be prohibited from indoor tanning

By Lisa Balde
|  Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 11:30 AM CDT
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Laws Should Ban Teens From Tanning: AAP

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To lower the risk of skin cancer in teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants laws in place to ban children under 18 from tanning salons.

In a policy statement appearing Monday in trade journal Pediatrics, the Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based organization reported the intensity of UVR radiation in some tanning beds can be up to 15 times higher than the sun at midday.

That puts teenagers at a higher risk for melanoma, described as the most serious form of skin cancer.

A spokesman for the Indoor Tanning Association told CNN the decision for a teen to tan indoors belongs to the parents, not the government

Still, more than 30 states regulate tanning by minors. Illinois is among the states considering legislation to ban under-18 kids from tanning indoors.

The AAP's statement says tanning is popular among teenage girls.

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