Doctor says tanning regulations should be tougher

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced a new classification for sun lamps, bringing their risk level from low to moderate.

The move allows the federal agency to more closely monitor the safety of UV emitting products like tanning beds and requires new labeling warning of the risk of cancer and against the use by minors.

Dr. Justin Baker, chair for a melanoma work group, says it's about time for better regulations.

He admits though that the FDA could be tougher and completely limit the use of tanning beds by those under the age of 18.

Dr. Baker says there's a growing number of young women coming into his office with melanoma and just using a tanning bed can increase a person's risk for that type of cancer by about 50%.

Companies have about 15 months to place the warning labels on devices used in tanning facilities. Manufacturers looking to sell new devices have just 90 days to add warning labels; they're also required to add a warning about the risks of tanning on any advertising or pamphlets promoting their products.


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