Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159 #546672-00036

Submission Number:
546672-00036
Commenter:
Dessie Baker
State:
FL
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159

I worked in a Tanning salons when I was 17 and they down play the risks tremendously. They can be flat out deceiving or just ignorant to the risks. Girls as young as 15 go in and tan. What we as a society don't realize is the risk we are putting ourselves in! Hollywood has glamorized this ritual of being bronzed to be beautiful. As a young adult I felt this way for many years. A few Years later at 22 I was diagnosed with Melanoma. Tanning is your skin cells showing damaging effects of the UVA rays. No one is expecting tanning salons to disappear but lets be realistic and let people know the real risks. Tanning before 35 really ups the risks so teens shouldn't tan at such a young age. "Melanoma Cancer Counts for 4% of all skin cancers, It is responsible for approximately 74% of all deaths that arise from skin cancers. Don't become a statistic. Early detection reduces the death rate"