Young people should know that using tanning beds can kill them
On my first day back at work, I saw four new patients with melanoma who were under the age of 46. My job as a doctor is to do everything possible to cure them. But as a survivor, I also feel a huge responsibility to help prevent new cases.
The FDA's proposed regulations on indoor tanning are an important first step. Warning labels on cigarettes have helped influence children not to start smoking, the leading cause of cancer. The same kind of simple warnings also should apply to tanning beds.
We need to get the word out: Tanning kills.
Travis Kidner is a surgical oncologist and general surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif. He focuses on breast cancer and melanoma patients. He wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.
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