Doctors Want Teens Banned from Tanning Salons

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The use of indoor tanning beds have become very popular among teenagers, but now a group of doctors wants to ban all minors from tanning salons.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the move will reduce the risk of teens getting skin cancer.

More than 30 states regulate indoor tanning by minors. Some require a parent's permission and ban children younger than 14.

The states of Illinois and New York are considering bills barring anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.

Currently, indoor tanning is popular among teenage girls, says lead author Dr. Sophie Balk of Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York. Some make getting a tan part of their senior prom ritual.

Indoor tanning has been linked to an increase in skin cancer. More than 8,500 people died last year from melanoma.

The academy's stance is part of a policy statement appearing Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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