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Tanning teens raise concerns

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Spring will be here before you know it, and for many people, that means trips to the tanning bed. Doctors worry about that for young people.

A recent study reveals many teenagers hit tanning beds despite laws that require parental permission. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and has been linked to childhood sunburns.

Tony Powell owns Tony's Gym. He says when minors want to tan, he makes sure parents are okay with the idea.

"Usually, just have their parent come up with them and let us know that it's okay for them to tan and we just really would be extra careful with somebody that's tanning under the age of 16 as far as the amount of exposure they're starting out with."

Powell says the biggest concern for everyone who tans is to make sure they don't spend too much time in tanning beds or the sun, so they won't get a sunburn.

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