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Smart Woman: FDA Wants More Warning Signs in Tanning Beds

<font size="2">The federal government wants stronger warnings on indoor tanning beds as more young people develop a deadly form of skin cancer. </font>
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing changes for the indoor tanning industry, including how it responds to teenage customers.

The Food and Drug Administration wants more oversight of indoor tanning beds, and says people under 18 should not use them.

The FDA is proposing changes that could help reduce cases of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer. Dermatologists say they're seeing younger melanoma patients.

An estimated 2.3 million teenagers tan indoors each year. Studies suggest their risk of melanoma is 75 percent higher than those who don't use sun lamps.

The proposal also calls for tanning beds to be labeled as "moderate risk" devices. They already carry warning stickers.

If the FDA proposal is approved, it would require these tanning beds to have new labels aiming at those under 18. It would have to include warnings to young people about the risks of using the sunlamps and that frequent users should be regularly screened for skin cancer.

Any new federal regulations won't be announced for at least 90 days. Changing the classification of tanning beds from low risk to moderate risk would allow the FDA to review their safety and design before manufacturers can sell them.

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