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Reader Laura on Tanning Beds & Skin Cancer

Posted May 24 2010 12:00am

Reader Laura’s Comment:

“FDA advisers urge stricter regulation of tanning beds”

Do you think that stricter rules for tanning beds will help with the rate of skin cancer? Have you seen a rise in the number of people coming to your practice with skin cancer?


Skin cancer is the most common cancer. The incidence has been rising and studies have linked increased risk to tanning beds as well as other sources of UV light exposure. I am not big on regulating everything however. People should simply be responsible for their own actions.

When you use tanning beds, you increase your risk of skin cancer, skin aging and the like. Adults need to be aware of these risks. Restrictions on adolescents might be reasonable however.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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