In July, 2009 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer-research wing of the World Health Organization (WHO) added tanning beds and sunlamps to its list of human-cancer-causing agents. Tanning beds pose as big a risk as tobacco. They have stated that UV tanning devices (tanning beds and sun lamps) are among the most dangerous causes of human cancers. “The risk of melanoma is increased by 75% when use of tanning devices starts before 30 years of age,” reads a statement on the WHO website. The death rate from melanoma has tripled in the past four decades. There are more Skin Cancer cases per year than ALL other forms of cancer- COMBINED.
On March 25, 2010 the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee met, and unanimously recommended that the FDA upgrade its classification of tanning devices. Even though it was thought tanning devices should be upgraded to Class III (the most strictly regulated category), they acknowledged that the reclassification would be difficult to implement quickly. They agreed to a designation of Class II with restrictions (“special controls”) to limit access by age, and/or skin type. In May of 2010, the numbers were released. Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Incidence has jumped by over 350 percent since the last time the numbers were calculated in 1994. Skin Cancer is truly an epidemic.
Miles Against Melanoma is the first annual 5K run/walk with all proceeds going to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
We truly hope you attend our exciting event!