Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Indoor Tanning Association disagrees that tanning should be legislated. "We're talking about getting a sun tan," said John Overstreet, the association's spokesman. "This is a decision best left for parents, not the government. Let parents make the decision." He added that there is no scientific evidence that tanning is any worse at a younger age.
I will admit that I tan during the prom season, however, I usually only go for 16 minutes, once a week for maybe three or four weeks before the dance. I understand the risks and my mother even works in a doctors office, but I also life guard during the summer and I view my job as more of a danger for my skin than tanning for that little of time. I do not think that tanning should be out-lawed for teens but maybe some regulations should be put on it. Regulations that regulate how many times a week and how many minutes a teen is allowed to be in a tanning bed would seem more realistic than banning this activity. Because honestly you can buy a tanning bed to put in your home, so maybe teens wouldn't be allowed to tan in a salon but they could still do it at home. However, along with the regulations, tanning salons should be mandated to tell teen customers about the risks associated with tanning before they get in the booths.
While kids may not be more vulnerable to skin cancers, they are less capable of making responsible decisions, said Dr. David Fisher, chief of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. "The industry has exploited this fact," he said. "They have packaged deals for repeat use." The ads appear before prom season and offer student discounts. "
Aging your skin by 10 to 20 years, as a teenage girl this is not something I want to do to my skin. But also I want to look good in my prom dress, so for me choosing to only tan once a week for a few weeks seems like a good balance. I also do not plan to continue tanning in college; once I'm done with the prom-thing I'll also be done with the tanning-thing. Maybe some teenagers out there will rethink their tanning plans after knowing about the risk they are putting themselves at for cancer.
Posted by katelynnm07 at 11:46 AM