Protect kids from skin cancer


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Protect kids from skin cancer- Support Senate Bill 299/House Bill 124

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a legislator who sits on a key committee, I am asking you as your constituent, to support Senate Bill 299/House Bill 124, which would prohibit all minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Doing so will protect our Maryland teens from developing skin cancer later in life, especially melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Your committee will be hearing testimony on February 27 in the House Health and Government Operations committee or on February 28 in the Senate Finance Committee on this legislation.

More than 1,750 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in Maryland this year (2019) and approximately 110 Marylanders will die of melanoma. 7.2% of high school students currently use indoor tanning beds in Maryland despite the risks, or may not recognize that the so-called "healthy" tans they get now, could cause skin cancer in the future. Evidence clearly shows that the use of indoor tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer and studies have found that using a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 59%. Prohibiting minors from using tanning beds will effectively deter them from using tanning beds and help reduce skin cancer incidence and mortality rates in our state.

We can, and must, do more to reduce death and suffering from cancer in our state. As your constituent, I am asking you to please support Senate Bill 299/ House Bill 124 to prohibit all minors under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.

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