Doctors want teens to stay away from tanning salons

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Doctors say kids and tanning salons don TMt mix, that's why they want teens banned from tanning salons. According to the Americans Academy of Pediatrics, the risk of developing skin cancer is too great. The academy TMs policy statement is published in the March issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Last year more than 68,000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in the country and studies show indoor tanning increases the risk

Nancy Hornsby owns Sun Your Buns tanning salon in Columbia. She says tanning for teens not just about looking good in a bikini and banning them from the practice is extreme.

They're doing it for acne, psoriasis, eczema and those are very important things they need to keep in mind because teens have to go to school, and those things are present on their bodies, and lower their self esteem, said Hornsby.

She also says customers are in good hands at her shop regardless of age. On the first visit, a technician will assess their skin type to determine how much time they should spend in the tanning bed.

We also make sure they understand the dangers associated with tanning and we don't let them have over exposure in the tanning salon, said Hornsby.

In South Carolina, teens under the age of 18 need parental consent to go to a tanning salon.