Doctors Ask For Dean Skelos’ Help In Keeping Kids Out Of Tanning Salons

The American Cancer Society and a group of 150 health professionals sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos with a simple message: Don’t let our kids grow up to be the Tanorexic Mom.

A bill, which would ban the children under the age of 18 from frequenting tanning salons, is now before the full Senate, having passed the Assembly and the Senate health committee.

Speaking of a study by researchers at the Yale School of Public, the letter states:

The authors stated that indoor tanning was strikingly common in the study of young skin cancer patients, especially women, which they concluded may be the reason why 70% of early-onset BCCs occur in females. Also, the authors concluded that reducing indoor tanning could translate to a meaningful reduction in the incidence of both melanoma (which accounts for the majority of death from skin cancer) and BCC. Another study published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology followed 70,000 women for 20 years and found increased risk for all three types of skin cancer associated with tanning bed use before age 35.

Passage at this point remains unclear. The full letter is copied below.