Mollie’s fund is endorsing new guidelines suggested by Bloomberg and the Health Dept. about regulations for tanning beds.
As founders of the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation (www.molliesfund.org), we applaud the City DOHMH for its proposal to strengthen regulations on indoor tanning salons. Given that INDOOR TANNERS RAISE THEIR OVEREALL RISK OF MELANOMA BY 74%, this initiative holds tremendous promise for reducing skin cancer statistics in New York City and the surrounding area. We are offering our support in making the public aware that the high doses of UV radiation emitted from a tanning bed are carcinogenic. Mollie’s Fund would like to unite with the DOHMH in a posted warning alerting the user of the health risks associated with tanning bed use. Through this important initiative, our youth will be educated about skin cancer prevention.
We established Mollie’s Fund in 2000 after the tragic death of our twenty year old daughter from melanoma. Since then, it has been our mission to educate the public about skin cancer and melanoma prevention, and we are committed to alerting the public that tanned skin is not healthy. Statistics comparing tanning bed use with melanoma are staggering, and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all agree that tanning beds should be classified as a category 1 carcinogen. With melanoma on the rise as the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old, it is crucial to spread the message to city residents that there is no such thing as a safe tan.