Is a tan worth the risk of cancer?
In short, NO.
Tanning beds produce ultraviolet light which damages the skin. Research has shown that using a tanning bed can cause melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. There is now evidence to say that tanning beds also increase the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as cataracts and cancers of the eye.
It is essential that Nevadans understand the risks of tanning beds and are able to make an informed decision before using one. To that end, the state of Nevada adopted legislation designed to protect and inform Nevadans. In 2013 Nevada became the fourth state to enact regulations regarding the use of tanning facilities by minors. The law prohibits minors under 18 from using indoor tanning devices and requires tanning salons to share certain warnings about the harms of indoor tanning with their customers.
Nevada Indoor Tanning Operator Resources
In partnership with local tanning establishments and the State of Nevada Division of Behavioral and Public Health, we have created tools for your use in accordance with NRS 597.
In addition to prohibiting a person of less than 18 years of age to use tanning equipment, the Nevada law also requires the following duties by Owners and Operators:
- Post a notice as outlined in NRS 597.7617 | Download Notice Sign
- Post warning signs in each area where tanning equipment is used as outlined in NRS 597.7619 | Download Warning Sign
- Ensure that acknowledgements are signed by each user indicating that he or she understands the notices and warnings | Download Sample Acknowledgement Form
Ensure that additional duties outlined in NRS 597.762 are followed | Review NRS 597