Protect teens in North Carolina from the dangers of tanning beds

An Urgent Problem

The evidence is clear, and the costs are high. The number of cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is on the rise, with the odds of being diagnosed today just 1 in 74, a large step up from your chances 30 years ago when it was 1 in 250. But the biggest impact is being felt among young females, where melanoma cases are increasing at a higher rate. Young women often turn to tanning beds for short-term cosmetic reasons that are now having long-term consequences on their health and appearance. Indoor tanning has been associated with a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma. In fact, just one tanning session raises melanoma risk by 20 percent.

Protect Children from Skin Cancer

Protecting children from tanning beds will save lives and millions of dollars in avoidable health care costs. The estimated total direct cost associated with the treatment of melanoma in 2010 was $2.36 billion.

The North Carolina Dermatology Association, the North Carolina Pediatric Society, the North Carolina Medical Society, the North Carolina Oncology Association, the American Cancer Society, the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, and the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control all agree: minors under the age of 18 should be prohibited from accessing commercial tanning beds in North Carolina.

Get Involved

Have a few minutes to spare? Getting involved can be as easy as sending an email or putting a stamp on a postcard.

Call your legislator today and tell them to support the Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act. Consult the Who Represents Me? page on the NC General Assembly website to find your legislators’ contact information, or see the complete listings for the NC House of Representatives and the NC State Senate.

 

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