FDA Warns Against the Use of Tanning Beds

May 23, 2013

When most people think of a burn injury, the first thing that comes to mind is exposure to a fire. What many people don’t realize though, is that using certain products, like tanning beds, present a significant risk of such injuries by emitting dangerous ultraviolet (UV) light onto the skin.

One woman discussed the burn injury she sustained through regular use of tanning beds. She stated that for close to seven years, she regularly used a tanning bed at a facility where she worked. Then one day, she noticed a brown spot had developed on her skin. When a doctor examined the area, they were able to determine that she had developed melanoma. The spot was surgically removed, but another melanoma developed several years later and had to be cut away as well.

The doctor who performed the surgeries stated that use of tanning beds can increase an individual’s chances of developing such cancers by as much as 75 percent. According to an article from WRAL News, these risks have forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reclassify tanning beds and similar products as being a “moderate risk” to a person’s health. The agency has also issued several warnings against use of the potentially Defective Product by young people.

The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst recognize the risks that are associated with the use of tanning beds. The firm is here to help if such a product has harmed you.

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