Despite an increasing number of scientific studies that show a disturbing link between indoor tanning and an increased risk of developing skin cancer, it appears that the tanning industry is alive and thriving in Florida.
Researchers from the University of Miami compared the number of registered Florida businesses that provide indoor tanning services with a number of other registered businesses in the state and found that, shockingly, there are more facilities that provide tanning services in the Sunshine State than there are McDonald’s restaurants.
According to the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, there are at least 1,261 businesses that provide indoor tanning services in the state. These businesses outnumber McDonald’s (868) or even CVS pharmacies (693) in Florida. The study reported that only Bank of America ATMs at 1,455 were more common.
Indoor tanning has been linked to non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers. Use of tanning beds can be especially dangerous for young women and teenage girls. Florida, maybe not so coincidentally, has the second-highest incidence of melanoma in the United States.
The researchers said that they hope the study “may promote regulation of these carcinogenic devices and guide health interventions.”
Currently, Florida law states that a person may use a tanning bed at a facility only once in a 24-hour period. Minors must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian. A minor under 14-years of age cannot use a tanning bed unless accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.
Only California, New Jersey, and Vermont have outright bans that forbid minors from using indoor tanning facilities.
Nearly 9,000 Americans die from melanoma each year.
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