Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159 #546672-00049

Submission Number:
546672-00049
Commenter:
Donna Regen
State:
TX
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159

My daughter Jaime was an avid tanning bed user when she was in high school, going to visit the tanning salons daily during her lunch breaks. She was told by the tanning bed operators that because her skin was very pale, she should get a "base tan" to protect her from the sun's burning rays. When Jaime was 20 years old, she was diagnosed with melanoma and her oncologist told her that her tanning bed days were over because it had probably contributed to her developing this disease. Jaime had just signed a year's contract with a tanning salon. When she called to cancel her contract, she was told that she could not even though her doctor had advised it. They did tell her that they felt bad that she had skin cancer and offered her a free month of tanning to make her feel better. She hung up on them. My daughter is not commenting on this herself because 3 years ago she died from that melanoma. She was 29 year old.