Nebraska lawmakers consider age limit on tanning

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

Doctors and dermatologists provided the committee with several studies linking indoor tanning to skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those under 35 who tan have a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma, a deadly skin cancer.

Creighton nursing professor Joan Lappe does research on vitamin D and said the potential risks of tanning far outweighs the benefits of receiving vitamin D from ultraviolet rays. She said Nebraskans are better off eating foods rich in vitamin D or taking supplements.

Omaha dermatologist Tricia Hultgren said teens are sucked into tanning by deceptive sexual advertising and celebrities. She said indoor tanning facilities do not tell customers about the risks of tanning.

"We cannot count on parents to make informed decision when the information they are given, in many instances, is not true," she said.

Kasey Shriver, 21, said she was to tanning when she was 14. She was diagnosed with melanoma when she was 17. She testified in favor of the ban, saying teens don't understand the risks and care more about beauty and fitting in.

"I would like to say I live life with no regrets, but using that tanning bed for the first time when I was 14 will forever be my biggest regret," she said.