This year I had a small basal cell skin cancer removed from my leg and simultaneously my sister-in-law had one removed from her face. In both cases, the doctors informed us that the cancers were caused by sun damage when we were children. I can remember spending hours in my youth sunbathing to achieve the perfect tan. I even remember trying to sit under this silly sun lamp that we owned attempting to put a little color on my face.
Today, young people flock to tanning beds to achieve an alluring tan. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning that tanning beds and sun lamps should not be used by anyone under 18. They began its regulatory review of indoor tanning several years ago after an analysis that linked tanning beds to skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the second most common form of cancer among young adults and research from multiple studies concluded that people who start using tanning beds before they are 30 run a 75 percent higher risk of skin cancer. Research also links indoor tanning with a 59 percent increase of developing melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers.