The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a black-box warning label that tanning beds should not be used by individuals under the age of 18. The black-box warning is the highest warning that the FDA can issue on a drug or device. In addition to the warning label, tanning bed manufacturers now have to have regulatory approval. In the past, tanning bed ultraviolet lamps were classified as low-risk; however, a study by the American Academy of Dermatology revealed people who used ultraviolet radiation by indoor tanning beds faced a 59 percent increase of having melanoma cancer. Now the warning labels state that ultraviolent lamp use is a moderate risk for cancer instead of a low risk classification.
While exposure to UV rays can pose a skin cancer risk for all users, the highest age group at risk is the young. In addition to warning people about the increased risk for those under 18, there must also be a warning that people who use tanning beds frequently should be regularly tested for skin cancer.
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