August 1, 2009
Nothing like a good, healthy-looking tan from an ultraviolet sunbed? Actually, there is something like it: Cigarette-induced cancer, according to new research. And there's nothing healthy about that. That news rocked the tanning-salon business this week. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which previously listed sunbed tanning as a "probable" cause of cancer, moved the practice into the "definite" category. Its report issued Wednesday put the under-30 crowd at a 75 percent higher risk for skin cancer if they use a tanning bed. The IARC - cancer arm of the World Health Organization - also said the cancer risk posed by sunbeds is similar to that of tobacco.
April 12, 2013
Fully two-thirds of the states restrict teens' access to tanning beds, so New Jersey joined the public-health mainstream this month when Gov. Christie signed a welcome ban on indoor tanning for anyone under 17. Pennsylvania officials should follow suit by acting on similar legislation just proposed in Harrisburg. It's long past time for both states to protect teens - especially high-school-age girls - from the well-documented risk of skin cancer from misuse of commercial tanning facilities.
July 1, 2010 |
Fifteen-year-old Grace McCleary of West Chester visits a tanning salon about once a month. She likes the bit of year-round color it provides. For $6 she gets 20 minutes under the ultraviolet lights at a place within walking distance of her high school. That visit could become more expensive on Thursday when a 10 percent federal tax takes effect. The levy is aimed at discouraging people from the practice, linked to rising skin cancer rates in young women. Would the increase change her habit?
July 30, 2009 |
Lynda Charles learned the hard way. The Lancaster County resident first used a tanning bed before her wedding in 1986 and then continued each summer. About three years ago, a mark on her leg, which she noticed had darkened, was diagnosed as potentially fatal melanoma. Though her dermatologist cut out the cancerous spot, leaving a 4.5-inch scar, another spot was removed about a year ago - and Charles worries about getting more. She has not used a tanning bed since then and tries to avoid exposure to the sun. "I'm the only one that goes to Aruba and comes back looking like she wasn't in Aruba," she said.
January 21, 1990 |
Vanity. That's the word, at least, from Paul Dunn, owner of Gold's Gym in Springfield, Delaware County. Despite warnings from the American Cancer Society, tanning salons are still popular, especially now through April, when people are preparing for winter trips to the Caribbean and summers at the Jersey shore. "About two years ago, it was more popular," said Dunn, whose fitness center includes three tanning beds. "I think because of the health issue itself, there's a lot of weeding out. I think the '90s is a wellness decade when people want to live longer," he said.
April 3, 2013
Gov. Christie has signed legislation that bars anyone under 17 from using tanning beds in New Jersey and anyone under 14 from getting a spray tan. The measure signed Monday night allows 17-year-olds to use a tanning salon provided their parent or guardian accompanies them on their first visit and gives their consent. The legislation was developed after a North Jersey mother was charged with child endangerment in April 2012 for allegedly bringing her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth.
May 21, 2013 |
Councilman William Greenlee hopes not to get burnt Thursday when his indoor-tanning bill comes up for a vote. Citing what he called "a preponderance of evidence" that indoor tanning greatly raises one's risk of developing skin cancer, Greenlee has introduced a bill that would restrict minors from using indoor-tanning facilities in Philadelphia without parental permission. The measure would also prohibit those younger than 14 from using commercial tanning beds and other ultraviolet-emitting equipment without a doctor's permission.
April 10, 2010
For many teenagers, going to the prom isn't just a matter of finding the perfect tux or dress. The accessory they want most is a perfect tan. Unfortunately, no official chaperones are making sure their pre-dance bronzing is as safe as it should be. So it's good to see the Pennsylvania Medical Society serving a welcome in loco parentis role with its renewed push for state oversight of tanning services, including restrictions on the use of tanning...
April 24, 1988 |
With the summer months creeping up and the sun shining longer each day, the scene is set for the dermatologists' nightmare: skin cancer. Memorial Hospital of Burlington County is meeting the danger head-on. From 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, free skin cancer screenings will be available to the public and will be conducted by staff dermatologist David High. Skin cancer is on the rise and, according to hospital officials, getting tan may have greater consequences than one thinks. Part of the danger with skin cancer is that the effects do not surface until years after the original damage is done, High said.
October 10, 2011
Issa: Subpoenas are due soon WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House oversight committee said Sunday that he could send subpoenas to the Obama administration as soon as this week over weapons lost amid the Mexican drug war. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) suggested on Fox News Sunday that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. knew about the gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious earlier than he has acknowledged. In the 2009 operation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives let intermediaries for drug cartels buy thousands of weapons from Arizona gun shops and lost track of about 1,400 of the 2,000 guns.