American Academy of Dermatology Makes Statement About Tanning Tax

There is a significant amount of scientific evidence that shows indoor tanning beds can increase the risk of skin cancer, but millions of people still hit the tanning beds to achieve a coveted radiant glow, season after season.

Indoor tanning is especially dangerous for teens, individuals with sensitive skin types, and those that have delicate skin, and those that do not use enough sunscreen – or are tanning on a regular basis – increase their risk of developing skin cancer even more.

The federal government is now imposing a tax on tanning beds, in an effort to reduce the frequency of use of tanning beds, especially in teens. William D. James, MD, FAAD, President of the American Academy of Dermatology, recently made a statement about the indoor tanning tax. He points out that, “a tax on indoor tanning services serves as a signal from the federal government to young people that indoor tanning is dangerous and should be avoided. In addition, the indoor tanning tax furthers the goal of promoting wellness and prevention as part of health reform.”

The tax is designed to discourage individuals from using tanning beds so frequently, and to save patients from the adverse effects of chronic UV damage.

Dermatologists around the country have reported on the impact of indoor tanning on young women, indicating that those that use tanning beds frequently before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent. Melanoma has now become the most common form of cancer in young adults between the ages of 25 and 29 years, and the second most common form of cancer in adolescents and young adults between 15 to 29 years of age.

As more men and women reduce their use of indoor tanning beds, they will not only be protecting their health, but also saving money in the long run. (Source:

Further Reading

  • Up until now, dermatologists have been trying a variety of different skin removal techniques to get rid of precancerous skin lesions.

  • Topical agents, diet and certain medicines presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting 2010 in Chicago is showing promise for preventing UV-induced skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, and dermatologists are now encouraging the public to be conscientious about the amount of sun they are exposed to, and taking extra steps to use broad-spectrum sunscreen on a regular basis.

  • Individuals with a rare skin disease called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) can improve their condition with the transfer of bone marrow stem cells. A team of medical researchers has found that bone marrow stem cells can effectively treat the disease and help to repair the skin and speed up the healing process. This skin disease cannot be treated with conventional dermatology procedures.