NY: Ask Governor Cuomo to protect teens from skin cancer

You can help reduce skin cancer risk in New York by taking a simple action to contact Governor Cuomo in support of legislation to prohibit 17-year-olds from using indoor tanning beds.  

Did you know...?

  • The rays emitted from indoor tanning beds are proven to cause cancer.  They are in the same scientific category as tobacco smoke and arsenic.
  • Individuals who used indoor tanning beds before the age of 30 increase their risk for deadly melanoma by 75%.
  • Melanoma is on the rise, especially among young, white women. 
  • Nearly 30% of teen girls report using a tanning bed. 


  • Your Governor


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Support the Indoor Tanning Restriction--A7218-A

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am very excited to learn New York is now poised to take action to help prevent kids from receiving a skin cancer diagnosis in the future. Sadly, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and rates have been rising for the past 30 years.

Legislation (A7218-A) just delivered to you will help protect kids from dangerous indoor tanning devices that emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation. As a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I strongly support this legislation.

The greatest avoidable known risk factor for skin cancer is the use of indoor tanning devices. It is estimated that over 400,000 skin cancer cases in the United States are attributed to indoor tanning each year. Indoor tanning devices have been placed in the same carcinogenic category as asbestos, tobacco, and other harmful substances by the World Health Organization.

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is one of the most common cancers diagnosed among young adults. The numbers are scary. In New York alone, there will be an estimated 4920 new cases of melanoma this year.

Indoor tanning before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by a staggering 59 percent. Rates increase even more when tanning devices are used before age 25.

Fifteen states have passed laws to protect all young people under 18 from indoor tanning devices. I look forward to New York joining this list! Please support A7218-A and let's protect young New Yorkers.

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