More than 140 people in South Carolina die each year from melanoma, the main type of skin cancer. It’s the 5th most common cancer diagnosed in the Palmetto state each year.
And research shows that tanning devices are one the most avoidable risk factors in developing the cancer.
But, a bill could limit access to tanning beds for at least one age group.
Current legislation requires a person to be 18 or older to use a tanning bed. But, with parental consent, a teenager under 18 can use a tanning bed..
A statewide student survey found that 22% of twelfth grade girls had used a tanning bed, and just one use according to the American Cancer Society, can increase your risk by 59%.
This is why a south carolina lawmaker is looking to decrease those numbers starting at the tanning salons. The bill would make the age limit 18, without exceptions.
Beth Johnson, American Cancer Society – “That under 18 population who are tanning, if we could prevent those children from going into the tanning salons and using the tanning beds, then later on in life we can prevent them from ever developing skin cancer.”
On average, more than 1,200 people are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
Right now, 18 states including North Carolina prohibit tanning for anyone under the 18 with no exemptions.