Excessive tanning leads to melanoma dangers

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Few things are like the glow of a tan, but getting that look can come with serious consequences. The United States has about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer, making it the most common cancer in the country.

Melonoma is one of the more common cancers among adolescents and young women in the U.S. One of the culprits: tanning beds. A study of 250 tanning facilities in Missouri revealed that young customers were either not informed or misinformed of the dangers, two-thirds claimed they would allow a 10 or 12 year old to tan, nearly half of the salons claimed there was zero risk of tanning beds and over half said it would be okay to tan without eye protection.

Dr. Lynn Cornelius, a dermatologist with the Washington University School of Medicine, and melanoma patient Heather Schulte, visit Fox 2 News in the morning to discuss the dangers of tanning beds.