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Teens and indoor tanning: a cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians.
Pediatrics. 2013 Apr; 131(4):772-85.Ped

Abstract

In October 2011, California became the first US state to ban indoor tanning for minors under age 18 years. Vermont followed in May 2012. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that artificial tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, a common cancer in adolescents and young adults and the type most likely to result in death. The World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, and other organizations strongly recommend legislation to ban minors under age 18 from indoor tanning. Several nations have banned teen tanning. Yet, tanning in salons is still a prevalent practice in the United States, especially among teen girls, where rates for the oldest teens approach 40%. There is no federal legislation to restrict minors from salon tanning. More than 60% of states have some kind of legislation regarding minors' use of tanning salons, but only California and Vermont have passed complete bans of indoor tanning for minors. The Indoor Tanning Association, an industry advocacy group, has vigorously opposed legislative efforts. Pediatricians can play key roles in counseling families and with legislative efforts. In this update, we review the prevalence of salon tanning, association with skin cancer risk, tanning addiction, the roles of the federal and state governments in regulation and legislation, and responses to arguments created by industry to oppose legislation. Preventing exposure to artificial tanning may save lives, including young lives, and is a key cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA. sbalk@montefiore.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23509165

Citation

Balk, Sophie J., et al. "Teens and Indoor Tanning: a Cancer Prevention Opportunity for Pediatricians." Pediatrics, vol. 131, no. 4, 2013, pp. 772-85.
Balk SJ, Fisher DE, Geller AC. Teens and indoor tanning: a cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2013;131(4):772-85.
Balk, S. J., Fisher, D. E., & Geller, A. C. (2013). Teens and indoor tanning: a cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians. Pediatrics, 131(4), 772-85. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2012-2404
Balk SJ, Fisher DE, Geller AC. Teens and Indoor Tanning: a Cancer Prevention Opportunity for Pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2013;131(4):772-85. PubMed PMID: 23509165.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Teens and indoor tanning: a cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians. AU - Balk,Sophie J, AU - Fisher,David E, AU - Geller,Alan C, Y1 - 2013/03/18/ PY - 2013/3/20/entrez PY - 2013/3/20/pubmed PY - 2013/5/22/medline SP - 772 EP - 85 JF - Pediatrics JO - Pediatrics VL - 131 IS - 4 N2 - In October 2011, California became the first US state to ban indoor tanning for minors under age 18 years. Vermont followed in May 2012. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that artificial tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, a common cancer in adolescents and young adults and the type most likely to result in death. The World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, and other organizations strongly recommend legislation to ban minors under age 18 from indoor tanning. Several nations have banned teen tanning. Yet, tanning in salons is still a prevalent practice in the United States, especially among teen girls, where rates for the oldest teens approach 40%. There is no federal legislation to restrict minors from salon tanning. More than 60% of states have some kind of legislation regarding minors' use of tanning salons, but only California and Vermont have passed complete bans of indoor tanning for minors. The Indoor Tanning Association, an industry advocacy group, has vigorously opposed legislative efforts. Pediatricians can play key roles in counseling families and with legislative efforts. In this update, we review the prevalence of salon tanning, association with skin cancer risk, tanning addiction, the roles of the federal and state governments in regulation and legislation, and responses to arguments created by industry to oppose legislation. Preventing exposure to artificial tanning may save lives, including young lives, and is a key cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians. SN - 1098-4275 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23509165/Teens_and_indoor_tanning:_a_cancer_prevention_opportunity_for_pediatricians_ L2 - http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=23509165 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -