Skin cancer is nothing to shrug off — over 100 Minnesotans died last year from the deadly form melanoma, and that number is on the rise. Melanoma is the third most common form of cancer among teens and young adults age 19-35.

Where does it come from? Exposure to UV radiation, especially the kind found in artificial light used in indoor tanning beds. The Centers for Disease Control classifies the radiation found in tanning beds as carcinogenic to humans1.

Several states have banned the use of tanning beds by minors under age 18 outright, but Minnesota currently allows teens 16 and over to use them; teens under 16 can use them with parents’ permission. The Minnesota Cancer Alliance supports policies that reduce access to tanning beds for minors. Click on the links below to see the Minnesota Cancer Alliance statements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control on minors’ use of tanning beds.

MCA FDA Final Comment

MCA CDC Call to Action