Maryland retreats from assertion that indoor tanning causes cancer

The Baltimore Sun reports:

An advisory panel recommended Friday that the state Health Department revise language on its parental consent form for indoor tanning to specify that the practice can cause skin cancer.

The recommendation by the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control supports plans by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to change the parental consent’s current wording to emphasize cancer risks more clearly. But unlike a draft the Health Department crafted last winter, it stops short of saying that indoor tanning devices cause cancer.

The panel’s recommendation followed a discussion by medical experts and members of the tanning industry. The parental consent form was released one year after the General Assembly adopted legislation prohibiting use of tanning devices by those under 18 without such consent.

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