Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, recently released a statement on a new proposal by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that calls for all tanning beds to carry a warning sign stating that they’re dangerous for anyone under the age of 18 and may cause cancer.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/the-increase-in-skin-cancer-is-because) notes, the proposal comes after a significant increase in skin cancer rates.
“One in five Americans will suffer from skin cancer at least once in their lifetime—and more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in the U.S. every day,” states Dr. David Juan, Editor at Doctors Health Press. “Every year, the rates of melanoma—the most common type of skin cancer—increase by about two percent, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down.”
As Juan notes in his article “The Increase in Skin Cancer is Because…,” the FDA is pinpointing the rise of tanning bed salons, which promote the bronzing of an individual’s skin at the high price of making them more at risk of developing skin cancer, as one of the reasons for the increasing rates of the disease.
While Juan states that he supports the FDA’s proposal, he questions if the age of 18 should be specified, as people over 18 are also at higher risk of developing skin cancer when using tanning beds: “In fact,” he notes, “the risk of developing skin cancer increases by 75% when people under the age of 35 use tanning beds, so if anything, they should include a warning for that age group, as well. Here’s more: in 2010, the World Health Organization said that tanning beds posed the same cancer risk as cigarettes and mustard gas.”
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin editor concludes by stating, “I know beauty comes at a high price, but I hope that my patients know that the price shouldn’t be this high. During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every May, I want you to take the necessary precautions you need to make sure you don’t become one of the five Americans who will develop skin cancer this year.”
(SOURCES: “Ontario moves to ban teens from tanning beds,” CTV News web site, March 7, 2013, last accessed May 10, 2013; Linton, M., “The truth about tanning beds is not pretty,” SUN News web site, February 7, 2011, last accessed May 10, 2013; Vernadakis, G., “FDA proposes cancer warnings on tanning beds,” Everyday Health web site, May 7, 2013; “Skin cancer,” American Academy of Dermatology web site, last accessed May 10, 2013.)
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