Coalition Asks NC Senate to Ban Teen Indoor Tanning


by WCCB Charlotte

  CHARLOTTE, NC -- Charlotte doctors and cancer survivors are leading the charge to keep children under 18 out of tanning beds.  

A mother diagnosed with melanoma admits she tanned a handful of times as a teen.  She believes that put her at risk.  Now she's part of a coalition asking the North Carolina Senate to ban teen indoor tanning.

"That was more than enough to do the damage," said Anne Bowman.  "So I wish I could go back to my 16-year-old self and beg that person not to step foot in a tanning bed, but I can't."

The CDC says people who tan before the age of 35 have a 59 percent higher risk of melanoma.  At least six states have banned teen tanning.

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