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January 24, 2014

Another View: Shedding light on dangers of tanning

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The consequences of tanning should be worrisome to adults whose teens use tanning beds or spend large amounts of time in the sun without applying sunscreen. Skin cancer can be caught and treated early, but when it’s not, melanoma is one of the most deadly cancers, health experts say. The state health department says the number of white women age 20-49 diagnosed with melanoma grows by 5 percent yearly; and indoor tanning before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59 percent.

If teens are going to ignore the information, their parents need to do their jobs. In Minnesota, in-person parental permission is needed for anyone younger than 16 to use a commercially operated tanning bed.

A local dermatologist had a good suggestion for those who don’t want to give up the tan look: Just say spray.

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