Thank you to Springfield Mom and Springfield Clinic Dermatologist Judy Knox and the American Cancer Society for updating us on the latest with the risk of teens and tanning. The following information is an alert from the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Did you know teens under the age of 20 double their risk of melanoma when using a tanning bed only ten times? Or that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization added UV radiation-emitting tanning devices (tanning beds) to the list of the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing substances – the same category as cigarettes, mustard gas, and arsenic? As a result, legislators around the country are looking at policies to help reduce the harm to teenagers.
Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed among young people and Illinois has the 8th highest number of new melanoma cases in the country.
There is new ordinance under consideration that would prevent minors (under the age of 18) from accessing tanning beds. Please contact your alderman on the City Council to voice your support of this initiative.
If you're interested in getting involved, you can use this link or phone number below to look up the contact information for your alderman. Council Coordinator's office at 217-789-2151
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and it accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. In Illinois alone, we will see 2,460 new melanoma cases this year, and an estimated 360 people in Illinois will die from the disease this year.