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In a Skin Cancer Fight, FDA Recommends Ban on Indoor Tanning for Minors

Update Date: Dec 21, 2015 03:05 PM EST

. The medical experts say that this a major step towards controlling the skin cancer in United States. Over the years, the medical community paid little interest in the indoor tanning beds until the evidence suggested that they may be playing a crucial role in the nation's growing cancer numbers. A review of the scientific research that was published last year assessed that the tanning beds have been responsible for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer every year in United States. These numbers also include the 6,000 cases of Melanoma which is deadlier than the other forms, said New York Times.

"The FDA understands that some adults may decide to continue to use sunlamp products," continued acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff, M.D. "These proposed rules are meant to help adults make their decisions based on truthful information and to ensure manufacturers and tanning facilities take additional steps to improve the safety of these devices," as reported by Occupational Health & Safety.

The announcement came after the dermatologists and the medical groups have been urging for years to take stricter actions on indoor tanning due to increasing skin cancer among teens and people in early 20s. "Indoor tanning is the cigarette of this generation, it is so clearly carcinogenic," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl, president of the American Academy of Dermatology. "It is long overdue and a historic victory in our fight to eradicate skin cancer that the FDA has come out with a proposal to restrict indoor tanning."

"Despite available information about its adverse effects, many high schoolers continue to use indoor tanning devices," the FDA's Dr. Vasum Peiris told reporters. "Now we're taking further steps," says Chron

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