Jan 18, 2010 12:56 PM by Associated Press

FDA debates tougher cancer warning on tanning beds

The government is considering tougher warnings for users of tanning beds.

The Food and Drug Administration says they're putting themselves at risk of skin cancer. Before spring, it will hold a public hearing to consider stricter tanning bed regulations, including stiffer warnings.

A specialist on UV radiation -- the same rays that can cause sunburn -- says the FDA doesn't recommend tanning beds at all. But since it knows some people do use the devices, it wants to reduce their risk as much as possible.

The Indoor Tanning Association argues there's no new science to justify tougher regulations. Its president says the only risk is to people who overdo it, arguing that's easier to do in the sun.


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