Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FDA About to Weigh in on Tanning Beds

he Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to consider stricter warnings about use of the devices and the risk of cancer. The study released by WHO revealed that use of tanning beds by individuals before the age of 30 increases the risk of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, by 75 percent.

The FDA says its advisors will hold public hearings on tanning bed safety in March, and that the topics of discussion will be the possibility of stricter regulations, increased cancer warning requirements, and possibly reclassifying tanning beds as a more controlled type of medical device. The current FDA classification for tannings beds puts them on par with bandages.