Midday Expert: Avoid Tanning Beds

By Adam Carros

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Food and Drug Administration is now requiring warning labels for tanning beds. It is part of a nationwide effort to limit tanning bed use, which has been linked to skin cancer.

The Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids is helping with that push by asking teens to take the no tan pledge. It asks teenagers not to tan for prom or summer vacations.

Nurse Emi Chapman with the Nassif Center and UnityPoint Health says many teenagers believe a base tan is actually better for your skin. Chapman says that is not true and that any tan damages your skin, whether it come from a tanning bed or the sun.

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