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FDA puts warning on tanning beds
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Food and Drug Administration is changing label requirements for tanning beds used in indoor tanning salons.
According to the FDA, the lamps emit UV radiation that may cause skin cancer.
It's reclassifying them as "moderate-risk devices" instead of "low-risk."
Officials now require the machines to carry a black label that states the products should not be used on people under 18-years-old.
The black box is the FDA's strongest warning but it does not outlaw or restrict these devices for minors.
The American Academy of Dermatology says studies show people who have been exposed to UV rays from indoor tanning have a 59% increase in risk of developing Melanoma.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
The Indoor Tanning Association says they believe the FDA is responding to pressure from interest groups, but the science isn't there.
However, Dermatologists are calling for even stronger regulations.