Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159
I am submitting my comment to fully support the FTC action. At only 22 I was diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer on my nose. Because of this daignosis I underwent Moh's surgery and lost a very large portion of my nose. Following the removal of the cancer, I had extensive reconstructive surgery to repair my nose. After I went to the doctor they informed me that using the tanning beds was most likely the cause of the cancer because I rarely sat in the sun. For the rest of my life I will have a daily reminder of this painful experience all to have a nice tan. For years, almost daily I used the tanning beds. Each day I went, there was a large sign telling me how beneficial and healthy it was to use the beds. Never once was a sign posted informing me that the bed could increase chances or cause cancer. Very little knowledge is spread about skin cancer causes, dangers, etc. Therefore I was completely unaware that I was endangering myself with each trip or what serious effects it could have. Because of this cancer and surgery, I lost income because of the surgery and recovery, must return to the doctor every six months for check-ups, suffer emotionally at a very young age because of my appearance and scars, and constantly monitor my health closely for the rest of my life. Had they posted warnings and possible dangers I would have been better able to make a healthy decision for myself to not use the beds, better protect myself, and at least be aware of the risk I was taking. I only hope that information can be provided for young people so they may not suffer like I did.