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American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Legislation to Ban Children From Tanning Beds: With Exclusive Commentary About How to Convert Clients Who Tan

Posted: March 2, 2011

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"A review of seven studies found a statistically significant increase in the risk of melanoma in those who had been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning before the age of 35," she noted, and "studies have demonstrated that exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning damages the DNA in the skin cells."

Day also said that "on an average day in the United States, more than 1 million people tan in tanning salons. Of the customers, nearly 70% are girls and women, primarily 16 to 29 years old."

February 28, 2011, Yahoo! HealthDay News

Jennifer Wild, DO, gives tips on how to help change the minds of your clients who love their time in the tanning bed.

Evidence linking melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—to tanning bed use has grown considerably, and it is crucial that every skin care professional educate their clients about the dangers of tanning bed use. It is not an easy task to convince regular tanning-bed users to embrace their fair skin color and discontinue their current tanning habits completely. When discussing this with your clients, provide literature from reputable sources, such as the Skin Cancer Foundation, reference photos of the various forms of skin cancer and then, if it is clear the client is committed to the idea of bronze skin, suggest some alternatives, such as self-tanning lotions or sprays. By doing this, patients won’t get defensive and feel as though you just want them to spend their money with you, rather than at the tanning salon down the street.