As discussions about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act progress, there is a move in Congress to repeal a 10% tax on the use of tanning beds. All of us in the melanoma community believe this tax is a valuable tool in the effort to reduce tanning bed use.
We are advocates for melanoma prevention and education. Evidence supports these statistics:
• 1 in 5 will be diagnosed with skin cancer, with melanoma the deadliest form
• 80-90% of melanomas are caused by UV damage caused by the sun or tanning beds
• The World Health Organization includes tanning devices in its Group 1 list of agents that are cancer-causing to humans. Group 1 also includes plutonium and cigarettes.
• Just one indoor tanning session increases the risk of melanoma by 20%
• Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women 25-30.
Please help us by contacting your representative to voice your objection to repealing this tax. Here are some resources that may help you form a response:
One Congressman’s argument against the tanning bed tax:
Jack and Maggie Biggane
Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation