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FDA wants to slap skin cancer warning labels on tanning beds

6:52 PM, May 6, 2013
FILE - This Dec. 9, 2011 file photo shows an open tanning booth at Amazing Tans in Sacramento, Calif. The FDA announced Monday, May 6, 2013, it wants all tanning beds to carry language warning people under the age of 18 about the risks of indoor tanning. The agency would also require manufacturers to submit their beds for federal review before marketing them. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE - This Dec. 9, 2011 file photo shows an open tanning booth at Amazing Tans in Sacramento, Calif. The FDA announced Monday, May 6, 2013, it wants all tanning beds to carry language warning people under the age of 18 about the risks of indoor tanning. The agency would also require manufacturers to submit their beds for federal review before marketing them. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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Tanning beds could soon come with a label warning users of the risk of skin cancer and noting that they shouldn't be used by people under 18.

Those changes could come through a new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration, which today announced plans to change the way that the sunlamps used in tanning beds are regulated.

Today, these tanning lamps, which emit ultraviolet radiation, are regulated as "low-risk," class 1 devices, in the same category as tongue depressors and Band-Aids. These products aren't required to be reviewed before going on the market, said Jeff Shuren, director of ...

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