Congress considers new regulations for tanning beds - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Congress considers new regulations for tanning beds



















(UV-emitting tanning devices have been classified as
"Carcinogenic to Humans" and are in Group 1 - Known human carcinogens.
Also in this group is tobacco, Mustard gas and Asbestos)


WASHINGTON. - The federal government is considering a crackdown on indoor tanning.

Proponents of the proposed "Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act" say tanning salons are the "cancer coffins" of our time.

New York Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney and Pennsylvania Republican Representative Charles Dent will introduce the measure in Congress Tuesday.

The bill would expand federal regulation of tanning beds by limiting the amount of UV rays emitted and by restricting exposure time for consumers.

Cosmopolitan Magazine Editor-in-Chief Kate White announced support for the proposed legislation.

"At Cosmo, we've been warning our readers about the dangers of tanning for years," said White.

The Indoor Tanning Association has maintained tanning salons and beds are not harmful to health, despite increasing opposition from the medical community.

Just last summer the World Health Organization raised the classification of UV-emitting tanning devices to Group 1, "Carcinogenic to Humans."

"I try not to use them too often," said one young woman on her lunch hour, "but I look better with a tan."

It is that type of thinking the American Academy of Dermatology has been trying to combat.

The World Health Organization also reported those who use tanning beds before the age of 30 have a 75 percent higher risk of developing melanoma.

More Information:

cancer.org

International Agency for Research on Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its major goal is to identify causes of cancer. The most widely used system for classifying carcinogens comes from the IARC. In the past 30 years, the IARC has evaluated the cancer-causing potential of more than 900 likely candidates, placing them into one of the following groups:

  • Group 1: Carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 2A: Probably carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 2B: Possibly carcinogenic to humans
  • Group 3: Unclassifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans
  • Group 4: Probably not carcinogenic to humans

Perhaps not surprisingly, based on how hard it can be to test these candidate carcinogens, most are listed as being of probable, possible, or unknown risk. Only a little over 100 are classified as "carcinogenic to humans."

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