The Food and Drug Administration wants to limit indoor tanning to those over 18. Users would also have to sign a waiver confirming that they understand the risks associated.
A 2013 survey found that 1.6 million minors participated in indoor tanning.
There are so many cancers that cannot be prevented (as far as we know), but skin cancer is not one of them. Using indoor tanning beds significantly increases the risk of skin cancer and melanoma – the deadliest form.
The ultraviolet light causes the DNA in skin cells to break. DNA has natural repair mechanisms to put itself back together, but this repair process is not foolproof and when mutation-causing mistakes occur, cancer cells are born.
There are so many alternative tanning products, like sprays and lotions, that don’t involve DNA-busting UV light. Plus, shouldn’t 16 and 17 year olds have other things to worry about than skin tanning?