Doctors, cancer survivors ask NC Senate to 'Ban the Tan'

Bill to keep kids out of tanning beds focus of Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May 07, 2014

At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, Western North Carolina doctors and skin cancer survivors will kick off Skin Cancer Awareness Month by calling on the state Senate to pass legislation to prohibit kids under 18 from using indoor tanning beds.

Dr. Daniel Zivony, an Asheville dermatologist, will speak about the dangers tanning poses to teens’ health. Heather Downs, a Waynesville melanoma survivor, will also tell her story.

During the 2013 session of the General Assembly, HB18, the Youth Skin Cancer Prevention Act passed the N.C. House of Representatives with a strong bipartisan vote of 94-22. Supporters of HB18 hope to convince the North Carolina Senate to approve the bill this year.

A coalition of North Carolinians supports this legislation and protecting kids from skin cancer, including the American Cancer Society, North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control, North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, North Carolina Dermatology Association, North Carolina Medical Society, North Carolina Oncology Association, North Carolina Pediatric Society, Western Carolina Medical Society and AIM at Melanoma.

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