This site is intended to provide a source of general information on skin tanning, Ultraviolet (UV) exposure, UV emitting products, and skin protection.
While this site provides general information on UV safety, it is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have questions about your health, the best source of information is your doctor.
The FDA wants consumers to know that UV radiation in tanning devices poses serious health risks. A recent report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, concludes that tanning devices are more dangerous than previously thought. Exposure to UV radiation, whether from the sun or indoor tanning beds, can cause:
- Skin cancer
- Skin burns
- Premature skin aging
- Eye damage (both short- and long-term)
- FDA to Require Warnings on Sunlamp Products
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- Proposed Order: Reclassification of Ultraviolet Lamps for Tanning, Henceforth To Be Known as Sunlamp Products
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