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Doctors, Cancer Survivors Push to Ban Youth from Tanning Beds
OHIO STATEHOUSE (Jen French/Kate Liebers)An Ohio bill could pull the plug when it comes to letting teens tan.
Senate Bill 113, also known as House Bill 131, would prohibit people under 18 years old from going to tanning salons. Currently, Ohio allows teens tan with parental consent.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association is hoping to protect what it says is a particularly vulnerable group to melanoma, the deadliest form of cancer.
Clinical studies cited by the association link those who use tanning beds at an early age to a 75-percent increased risk of melanoma.
The group's concern is growing. It states that in the last 30 years, the number of young women with melanoma has increased as much as 50 percent. For women ages 25 to 30 years, skin cancer is the leading cause of death.
If the bill is approved, Ohio would become the seventh state in the country to adopt a ban on indoor tanning for minors.
Melanoma survivors and doctors rallying for the ban gathered Wednesday to testify before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.
This was the second SB 113 hearing. The measure still has to pass both houses.