France’s Health Watchdog Recommends Ban on Tanning Beds

The French health authority known as ANSES cites the growing body of scientific research showing there is a proven risk of skin cancer associated with artificial tanning. ANSES points to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifying UV radiation as carcinogenic to humans in 2009 and the many studies that have linked an increase in skin cancer, especially melanoma, with the use of tanning beds.

In 2014, ANSES highlighted people who have used tanning beds at least once before the age of 35 increase their risk of developing skin melanoma by 59%. It has been estimated that 43% of melanoma cases in young French people can be attributed to the use of tanning beds before the age of 30.

Based on this evidence and more, ANSES recommends public authorities take necessary steps to prevent people from being exposed to artificial UV radiation.

ASDSA has long supported bans on indoor tanning and supports the growing number of states that are working to enact age restrictions on the use of indoor tanning facilities.

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