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New study warns against tanning bed use for teens

Warmer weather has arrived, and with ti comes increased sun exposure.

But experts warn, not enough is being done to protect our children against skin cancer.

Prom season is here-a time when many young girls flock to tanning salons for the perfect sun-kissed glow.

Yet a prominent medical group says tanning salons should close their doors to minors to protect them from skin cancer.

The American Academy of Pediatrics joins three other major medical groups pushing to ban the use of tanning devices by people under 18.

Right now, 60 percent of U.S. states have tanning restrictions for kids.

And people who use tanning salons are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma.

Research shows melanoma-the deadliest type of skin cancer-is increasing.

The intensity of ultraviolet ray radiation produced by some tanning units can be 10 to 15 times higher than the midday sun.

In fact, the World Health Organization has declared indoor tanning a "carcinogen.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., but it's also preventable.

When in the sun, seek shade, cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.


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