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Are you aware that scientific studies have linked indoor tanning to increased risks of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers?  And that this increased risk is greatest in people who began using indoor tanning equipment as a teenager.  And that it is estimated that a person increases their risk of melanoma by 75% when they are exposed to UV radiation from indoor  tanning.  Many people are not.  Therefore, tanning salons should be required to provide people with information about skin cancer prior to their tanning sessions... 

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in men and women between the ages of 20 and 29 and it is estimated that more than 75,000 people will get melanoma in 2012.  According to the National Cancer Institute, "Long-term exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet rays like tanning beds (or to the sun's natural rays) increases both men and women's risk of developing skin cancer.  In addition, exposure to tanning salon rays increases damage caused by sunlight because ultraviolet light actually thins the skin, making it less able to heal.  Women who use tanning beds more than once a month are 55 percent more likely to develop malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer."  If tanning salons provide this information to people prior to tanning, lives could potentially be saved.

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