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Support Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act

Representative  [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and an advocate for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I am asking you to prevent teen tanning by supporting H. 3807, the Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act.

Teens have no fear of using indoor tanning beds which can be linked directly to skin cancer. They need your support to help protect them from tanning devices which have been called "cancer coffins". South Carolina has seen an increase in the number of people diagnosed with melanoma over the past five years and it is time we do something about it.

Laws that prohibit the use of indoor tanning devices for those under 18 successfully reduce the use of these devices by youth. A 2018 study found that indoor tanning prevalence among female high school students in states with age restriction laws was 47 percent lower than among those not affected by such laws. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study predicts that prohibiting indoor tanning among minors younger than 18 years could prevent 61,839 melanoma cases, prevent 6,725 melanoma deaths, and save the U.S. $342.9 million in treatment costs over the group's lifetime.

The Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act is a good decision for South Carolina and I strongly encourage you to support H. 3807 sponsored by Representative Ray Felder.

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