Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159 #546672-00066

Submission Number:
546672-00066
Commenter:
Mark Hyde
Organization:
Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants
State:
UT
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159

As a practitioner treating patients devastated by melanoma, I am commonly asked why more is not done to educate people about the harmful effects of UV radiation. It is abundantly clear that UV radiation is the only modifiable risk factor that influences melanoma. The recent ruling of the IARC to include UV emitting devices on the same list with cigarettes is based on the evidence that proves UV emitting devices increase the risk of melanoma and is contradicted by advertising by the Indoor Tanning Association. The following URL http://www.theita.com/indoor/faq.cfm#ans25 on the ITA's website was accessed on 2/23/10 and states that there are no studies that prove UV radiation is associated with melanoma. This pits the ITA against the IARC and the WHO. I am also a director at large for the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. The SDPA represents over 1000 practicing dermatology PAs and has recently approved a position statement on tanning. I have attached the document. I beleive that we should regulate indoor tanning with the same restrictions used to regulate other carcinogenic compounds. Specifically, if a minor cannot buy a cigarette, they should not be allowed to tan indoors unless followed by a licensed medical practitioner. I recognize that there is a vast difference between cigarettes and indoor tanning, but I also know from 5 years of treating melanoma patients that there IS a link between melanoma and UV radiation and that indoor UV emitting devices increase the risk. Thank you, Mark Hyde, MMS, PA-C