INTRODUCTIONOver the past decades, the incidence of malignant melanoma has increased dramatically in developed countries. Meta‐analyses have shown that sunbed use is associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma. Moreover, the relative risk of malignant melanoma increases by up to 59% to 75% for people whose sunbed use started before the age of 35. Consequently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified indoor tanning devices and the entire ultraviolet spectrum as carcinogenic to humans.Given the evidence for increased skin cancer risk due to the use of indoor tanning devices, a number of countries have adopted regulations for the use of indoor tanning. By 2011, 11 countries and a number of states and provinces in Canada, the United States and Australia had passed laws restricting indoor tanning for persons younger than 18 years.In Germany, the use of sunbeds is regulated by 2 recently adopted laws. First, the Nonionizing Radiation Law, banning the use of artificial tanning devices by minors, was passed in 2009. However, our previous study has shown that minors were still using sunbeds despite this legal regulation. Second, a regulation of hazardous artificial ultraviolet radiation (UVR regulation) was passed in 2012 to regulate the
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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