INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Melanoma is the third most common skin cancer in people ages 15 to 39 and risk for the condition can increase by 75 percent by tanning indoors before the age of 35, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Cristian May, 20, started tanning when she was 14 years old. The Purdue student says after years of continued tanning bed use she isn’t too concerned.
“I guess I don’t really worry about it that much. I don’t really have any wrinkles, yet. I guess when I start to get the first sign of wrinkles, then I’ll worry about it,” said May.
Indiana legislators on the other hand, are worried about more than just future wrinkles. Last week, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a proposal banning children under age 16 from using tanning beds. The bill would throw out a current law requiring children under 16 to have permission from parents to tan.
Democratic State Representative Shelia Klinker said although the tanning salons would lose a little business, she doesn’t think it will keep people from going to tanning salons.
“I don’t think it will stop people from tanning. People will still use it, they’ll just use it in a different way. They’ll be more careful,” said Klinker.
In order for the bill to become law it needs approval from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Klinker said she’s confident the governor will see the importance lowering children’s exposure to potential health risks caused by tanning.
“I think the governor will sign this. I think there’s enough proof that something needs to be done to help our young people,” said Klinker.
If it does become law, May says children under 16 have other ways to get a tan.
“I don’t think it will have that big of an impact on the 16 and younger, because they can just go get a spray tan and it will be fine,” said May.