Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of the Indoor Tanning Association, FTC File No. 082 3159
It all boils down to the Dermatologists wanting their patients back. They have Phototherapy units (a.k.a. tanning units) at their offices in upwards of $100+ per session. The Dermatologists will diagnose you, bill your insurance outlandish fees, and charge the patient their co-pay. We patients have become wiser and realized we can treat ourselves without medication for as little as $6. Yes, that's right, no co-pays, appointments, or over-medicating Americans. The medical community has a vested interest like our government, so don't plan on getting the truth from very many of them. The WHO report indicated that using a tanning bed before the age of 30 increases your risk of Melanoma by 75%. First off, these are old studies that are very flawed. Many of the studies reviewed in the report are not admissible because they do not meet the minimum criteria to be considered factual. There is very small relative risk values in the studies that claim to show that U.V.R. causes Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma- less than 2.0. To show relative risk, there must be a value of at least 3.0. Some of the following people might be able to provide relative risk information if they are not too intimidated to speak out against the agenda. • Marcia Angell, editor of the New England Journal Of Medicine • Robert Temple, director of drug evaluation for the U.S. Food And Drug Administration • An excerpt from a National Cancer Institute publication states that, "Relative risks of less than 3.0 are considered small and are difficult to interpret. Such increases may be due to chance, coincidence, statistical bias or the effect of confounding factors that are sometimes not evident." It has NEVER been PROVEN that tanning beds cause Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma. Tanning does not harm you- only overexposure is harmful. It is despicable and deceitful to change regulation based on false misleading studies. This is an example of the medical community and the Government having the power and money to manipulate Americans. My hopes is that someone on the panel will listen with intentness, challenge the evidence, proudly hold their head high, and allow their opposing voice to be heard above others.