Hopefully you know by now that there is nothing healthy about indoor tanning. But just in case, the FDA is now reclassifying sunlamps and UV lamps intended for use in sunlamp products from low-risk to moderate-risk devices. This means stricter FDA regulation as they must now submit for FDA approval before going on the market (previously these devices were totally exempt from premarket review).
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As part of this premarket review, the FDA will require that all sunlamp products come with a warning that states they are not intended for use on people under the age of 18. It will also require that the marketing materials contain warnings about the dangers of sunlamp products and UV lamps, including: "Persons repeatedly exposed to UV radiation should be regularly checked for skin cancer," according to the FDA.
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This reclassification comes right on the heels of a new study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which found that indoor tanning increases your risk for melanoma even if you never burn. In a recent statement, the Skin Cancer Foundation said it "supports any effort to raise awareness about the hazards of indoor tanning and applauds the FDA for taking this major step in skin cancer prevention."
To find out more about the dangers of indoor tanning, check out our recent eye-opening feature: Skin Cancer Kills.
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