The Growing Public Health Challenges of Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation From Use of Indoor Tanning Devices in the United States

Diana Bowman, Ryan C. Lewis, Maximilian S. Lee, Catherine J. Yao

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Abstract

Ultraviolet radiation is recognized as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the world's authority on cancer research. In particular, exposure to ultraviolet radiation can lead to melanoma of the skin, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer in the United States. Yet despite the significant public health burden that is associated with skin cancer in the United States, each year over a million Americans engage in indoor tanning where exposure to artificial ultraviolet radiation occurs. In this article, we argue for an immediate ban on the use of commercial indoor tanning by minors and, based on international precedents, the phasing out of all commercial tanning operations in the United States. We consider the use of indoor tanning devices in the United States, epidemiological data on indoor tanning devices and cancer, regulation of tanning devices, and scientific evidence for increased government intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-171
Number of pages8
JournalNew solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • environmental health policy
  • indoor tanning
  • melanoma
  • UV radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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