Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes Shelton, said while she is pleased the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing new standards and labeling for tanning lamps, she still has concerns. DeLauro, a former chairman of the U.S. House subcommittee that funds the FDA, said she has long fought to ensure consumers have information about the dangers of indoor tanning. \u201cI am glad the FDA is moving forward with a clear warning about the risks of indoor tanning, but I still have concerns about the details and implementation of this proposal,\u201d DeLauro said. \u201cI will continue to press the agency to ensure that consumers get the information they need to make informed choices.\u201d Deadliest form of skin cancer The National Cancer Institute estimates melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, will cause 76,000 cases and 9,000 American deaths this year, according to a release from DeLauro\u2019s office. Research has found that the risk of melanoma increases by 75% when people start using tanning beds before age 35, states the release. More than three years ago, an FDA advisory committee recommended reclassifying tanning beds to better reflect their risk, DeLauro said. \u201cHaving a carcinogenic product easily available to minors is unacceptable and we must ensure strong performance standards are in place to better protect consumers,\u201d she said. Speaking out on the issue DeLauro has repeatedly called for FDA action on tanning beds, including: \u2014 Supporting a bipartisan amendment that would have required the FDA to reclassify tanning beds. \u2014 Sending multiple letters to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, urging the agency to appropriately label and classify tanning beds. \u2014 Giving a speech urging the FDA to reclassify tanning beds in order to better inform the public about the health risk they pose. \u2014 Highlighting a report by the journal Lancet Oncology concluding the ultraviolet light used in tanning beds is as carcinogenic as asbestos, radium, arsenic and cigarettes. More information More information on the proposed FDA standards can be found at www.fda.gov\/NewsEvents\/Newsroom\/PressAnnouncements\/ucm350864.htm. DeLauro, a Democrat from New Haven, has represented the Third Congressional District since 1991. Shelton is divided between two congressional districts. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, also a Democrat, represents the Fourth District that covers other parts of Shelton.