(Pediatrics 2/25/13) Missouri has no tanning laws. It seems a majority of tanning salons there would allow children as young as the age of ten years to tan because there are no legal restrictions against doing so. Investigators at the Washington University of Medicine randomly selected 243 tanning salons in Missouri to study. 65 percent of the salon operators said they would allow children 10-12 years to use indoor tanning equipment without parental consent. 80 percent of the operators claimed that the indoor tanning was beneficial in preventing future sunburns, and 43 percent said there were no risks from using the indoor tanning facilities. Despite massive evidence that UV ray exposure causes skin cancer, premature photo aging, and eye damage, these Missouri salon operators chose to misinform consumers about the risks and benefits of this controversial service.
THIS IS SAD INDEED. IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE COULD LEAVE THIS SERVICE INDUSTRY TO POLICE ITSELF, BUT IT MAKES YOU DOUBT THAT WE CAN. IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A BIG DEAL, BUT WE DO HAVE MANY PATIENTS IN THEIR 20’S WHO ARE ADDICTED TO INDOOR TANNING. THEY GO SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK AND CAN’T SEEM TO STOP DESPITE WARNINGS, AND TERRIBLE AGING OF THEIR SKIN. PLEASE SEE OTHER ARTICLES ON THE BLOG THAT HAVE SUGGESTED THE ADDICTIVE NATURE OF INDOOR TANNING IF STARTED WHEN ONE IS YOUNG. WE HAVE ALSO HAD SEVERAL WHO DEVELOPED MELANOMA, AND SOME WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY FROM THIS DEADLY SKIN CANCER. THINK…WOULD YOU BE UPSET IF YOUR 10 YEAR OLD WENT TO A TANNING SALON WALKED IN AND THE SALON TOOK THEIR MONEY AND LET THEM TAN? IT MAKES SENSE TO HOLD THEM TO SOME MORAL STANDARDS.
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.