The Dangers of Indoor Tanning

It’s summertime! Many kids are excited that the warmer weather means a few months off school and a change in daily routine. This often includes time at the pool with friends, which can motivate teens to want to look their best. For some, this means having a tan, and many teens will head to the tanning salons to darken their skin and achieve a bronze “summer glow.” However, the use of tanning beds has been associated with deadly forms of skin cancer, and kids and teens are at the highest risk. It is time for pediatricians to encourage lawmakers to create legislation protecting children from these dangers.