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Should Tanning Bed Warnings Take A Cue From Graphic Cigarette Labels?

Filed in National Health News 6/12/15 at 10:11 am     1303     NPR

Young white women like indoor tanning a lot.

Nearly a quarter of them hit a tanning bed in the past year. (The beds are even found on many college campuses.)

That habit is particularly concerning to public health officials because melanoma rates in young women are on the rise owing to UV exposure from the sun and from tanning beds. The Food and Drug Administration requires indoor tanning machines to bear a label saying that these aren’t intended for people under 18, and it requires that consumers get other cautionary messages, too. But they’re not particularly attention-grabbing.

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Notes and Image Credits:

Header Image: This image depicts the gross appearance of a cutaneous pigmented lesion, which had been diagnosed as superficial spreading malignant melanoma (SSMM). Note the roughened edges of this mole, and its heterogeneous, mottled, multicolored appearance, which are all characteristics that should evoke suspicions about its classification.

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