Tanning Warning

By: Charlene Cristobal
July 29, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In a new Call to Action issued by the Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H, around 5,000,000 people are treated for skin cancer each year. That's from tanning outside or inside in a tanning bed.

It's a statistic that surprised father Jeremy Fisher. But he says, he has ways to protect his 8-year-old daughter.

"I'm sure there'll come a time when she wants to experiment with different things, self image and that type of stuff," said Fisher. "I think limited exposure to both of them is probably the best...and not to focus too much on what other people think of her, just as long as she's healthy."

In the Call to Action, the Surgeon General says, "Tanned skin is damaged skin, and we need to shatter the myth that tan skin is a sign of health." Something that Doctor Douglas Sherman in Tallahassee says, he agrees with.

"Damage from radiation can manifest itself as redness to the skin and roughness and depigmentation," said Sherman. "Skin that it just old and weathered." He also says that they can use chemicals or liquid nitrogen as treatment for skin damage.

Even the Federal Drug Administration announced that it will soon require tanning beds and lamps to come with labels that warn against being used by anyone under the age of 18.

People like Dr. Sherman and the Surgeon General say that some sun is okay, but if you still want bronzed skin, your best bet is getting a spray tan or using sunless tanner.

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