Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159 #546672-00030

Submission Number:
546672-00030
Commenter:
Kelly Ransdell
State:
KY
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159

I am a stage IIIC Melanoma survivor who got melanoma from the tanning bed (it was on my left buttocks) I wasnt aware of the risks of tanning beds and I ended up getting Melanoma from them. I was diagnosed with this at age 30, started using tanning beds when I was 19 years old. The Melanoma went into my left groin and all my lymph nodes had to be removed in that area and I went thru 6 months of IL2 and DTIC. After a year im cancer free but I have to go for checkups every 6 months and I have a 35% chance of going thru this again. The tanning bed companies do not want to stand up and say they cause Melanoma and they should. I had no idea what Melanoma was most people think skin cancer is something you can cut off but it can invade your entire body and kill you. Please try to regulate tanning beds for teenagers and adults, the tanning industry needs to state on the beds that it increases your chance of Melanoma. Dont want anyone to have to go thru what I did. Thanks Kelly Ransdell