Tanning Bed Cancer Risk

Indoor tanning devices, such as beds, booths, and sunlamps, are designed to provide high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in a short amount of time. According to JAMA Dermatology, 35 percent of American adults reported using a tanning bed in their lifetime. However, exposure to UV rays from indoor tanning devices can lead to life-threatening cancers, including melanoma.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with melanoma or another type of cancer after using an indoor tanning device, you may be eligible for compensation. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we have more than 30 years of experience helping injury victims, and we’re dedicated to giving you the help you deserve. Give us a call at (800) 210-8503 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get started today.

Indoor Tanning Dangers

Indoor tanning exposes users to two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the thickest layer of skin, and UVB rays target the skin’s surface. Both types of UV rays can lead to cancers, such as:

  • Melanoma
  • Ocular melanoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

UV radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as a tanning bed, have been declared as a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that UV rays can also cause severe damage to your skin, including premature skin aging (wrinkles and age spots) and changes to your skin texture.

Age Restrictions on Indoor Tanning

According to the CDC, indoor tanning is particularly dangerous for minors. Adolescents with overexposure to UV rays have a higher risk of getting melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

The following states across the U.S. have banned indoor tanning for minors:

  • California
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Washington

FDA Warns Against Use of Indoor Tanning Devices

In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued regulations to strengthen the warnings on indoor tanning devices, including:

  • Recommending against the use of indoor tanning devices by minors under 18 years
  • Reclassifying of indoor tanning devices from Class I to Class II medical devices, which are considered “moderate to high risk.”
  • Labeling that clearly informs users of indoor tanning device risks and warns users to be regularly screened for skin cancer

Get Help With Your Tanning Bed Cancer Lawsuit

Tanning beds and other indoor tanning devices can lead to cancer. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer after using an indoor tanning device, contact the attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough. Our legal team handles cases across the country, and we want to help you get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

Don’t wait to contact us. Give us a call at (800) 210-8503 or fill out our free initial consultation form online

This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer, or JAMA Dermatology.