Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Law Bans Teens in Texas Tanning Beds

A new law going into effect Sept. 1 protects young Texans from developing deadly skin cancer. Senate Bill 329 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and Rep. John Zerwas, MD, (R-Simonton), prohibits minors from using indoor tanning salons. Previously, teenagers who were 16.5 years old were allowed to use a tanning bed if they had a parent’s permission.

Each year, 70,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the United States. This deadliest form of skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in young adults aged 20-30, and the leading cause of cancer death in women aged 25-30. The chances of developing melanoma increases 75 percent with just one tanning bed experience. That risk skyrockets to 400 percent for habitual tanning bed users.

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