One year ago, Governor Cuomo signed a law prohibiting the use of indoor tanning facilities by minors under the age of 17. The reason that this restriction became law was the mounting evidence that indoor tanning is dangerous – particularly to young people. The more you indoor tan, the more likely you will get skin cancer.
The dawn of a new year is the time to reflect and to plan a new course. When it comes to fighting cancer, in 2012 New York took one significant step forward by restricting the use of indoor tanning booths. As 2013 dawns, more steps are needed.
First some background: In July, Governor Cuomo signed into law a new restriction on the use of tanning beds by children. The law, which went into effect in August, bans the use of indoor tanning beds for those aged 16 years old and younger.
Last week, New York’s law on indoor tanning went into effect. The law prohibits all those 16 years old and younger from using indoor tanning beds or booths. The logic of the ban has become more compelling.
The prestigious British Medical Journal published the latest research on the impact of indoor tanning. It concluded that indoor tanning is “associated with a significant increase in risk of melanoma. This risk increases with number of sunbed sessions and with initial usage at a young age” (those under the age of 35 years). The report also found:
Last week, new data was released from the American Cancer Society. It showed a staggering increase in melanoma cases in New York State. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. According to the analysis, over the past ten years the number of melanoma cases has increased by 72 percent.