ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Anyone under 17 in Missouri will soon need signed parental consent before using a tanning booth, bed or other tanning device at a business.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill into law, much to the delight of Dr. Lynn Cornellius, dermatology chief at Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center.
Cornellius says that 90 percent of all skin cancers are related to ultraviolet sun exposure, and studies have shown anywhere from a 59 to 75 percent increase of the risk of melanoma—the most serious type of skin cancer—for any exposure to a tanning bed.
“It’s incredibly exciting because attendant with this bill also comes a universal consent form that will be developed by the Department of Health and Senior Services that will include the risks of indoor tanning, so that this is truly an opportunity to educate parents on the risks of tanning beds, particularly to their children,” she says.
More than 30 other states already restrict teen tanning.
Missouri’s law is set to take effect August 28.
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