Tanning beds emit a heavy dose of u-v light -- roughly ten to fifteen times the amount you would get sitting outside at noon. That sun splurge significantly increases the risk for skin cancer, and that risk goes up the earlier you start.Yetyoung adults are not prohibited from tanning in many parts of the country.
Now experts are calling on states and the food and drug administration to beef up tanning bed restrictions, before teenage melanoma cases skyrocket. In some places, kids as young as 10 are stepping in to the tanning bed. But researchers say that even if a parent signs off on tanning -- the risk for skin cancer remain.The F-D-A requires tanning salons to have certain controls on the time spent in a bed, and the dose of u-v exposure. Right now tanning beds are classified as class one medical devices -- the same as tongue depressors and elastic bandages.
An f-d-a advisory panel recommended changes be made to that classification -- something the agency is currently considering.