Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a democrat, marked UV Safety Month by calling on the country to follow Connecticut’s lead and institute a nationwide ban on tanning bed use by minors.
She was joined in her call by the President of the Connecticut State Medical Society, Dr. Robert Russo, and Glastonbury dermatologist Dr. Donna Aiudi. Connecticut has prohibited the use of tanning beds by anyone 17 years old and younger since 2013.
“Despite all the evidence of its harmful effects, the tanning industry continues to target teen and adolescent girls with aggressive marketing,” said DeLauro. “Salons and the tanning industry are still not being straight with their clients. We need to treat tanning devices for what they are: carcinogen delivery systems, just like tobacco.”
A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that the risk of melanoma, the most common form of cancer for young adults, is 41% higher for those who have used a tanning bed, a press release from DeLauro’s office said. The risk is doubled for those who use tanning beds more than 10 times.
“Progress is possible when people are aware of the risks. I have long been pushing the Food and Drug Administration to take action. And we are making progress,” said DeLauro. “About a year ago, the FDA issued an order requiring tanning devices to get clearance before they can be marketed to the public. The same order required a warning on each device, stating explicitly that it should not be used by those under the age of 18. These are positive moves that will save lives.”
DeLauro represents the Third District, which includes a part of Shelton.