Why a new law is preventing some teens from achieving a pre-summer glow

Source: WSAW-TV, March 2024

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for teens 15 – 19 years old.

A new law now requires 16 and 17-year-olds to get parental or guardian consent before using a tanning bed. Previous law prohibited those 16 and under from using tanning beds. The author of the bill Representative Donna Rozar (R – Marshfield) says she created it to address a rise in skin cancer for teenagers and young adults.

“Dermatologists are seeing a sharp increase in the number of serious skin cancers in young women and it is directly attributable to the number of hours that teenagers are spending in tanning salons,” Rozar said.