Skin Cancer Prevention Act goes before committee - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Skin Cancer Prevention Act goes before committee

Posted: Updated:

By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com 
 
In the dead of winter, a tanning bed may be the closest thing you can get to summer-like weather. But should we regulate who can use them? Omaha senator Jeremy Nordquist wants a ban that would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from 'warming up' with UV light bulbs. 
 
"A study of young people calculated that 3 out of 4 melanomas under age 30 were directly caused by indoor tanning," Dr. David Watts said. "In simple terms, the more indoor tanning or the younger the person, the higher the risk."

Dermatologists, professors and skin cancer survivors, like 26-year-old Jessica Guerrero, agree. 
 
"What's stopping you from supporting this bill?" Guerrero asked. "and I just have to ask, how many more young people are we going to let this affect before we take a stand against it?"
 
"It will be 5 years next month since my last surgery. I'm optimistic that this time I'll make the 5 year mark," Teresa Roddy, a skin cancer survivor said.

But what about those who make their living in this business?
 
"In the past 3 years, 48% of Nebraska tanning salons have closed. My company could be next if more legislation assaults us this way," Heather Almond of Ashley Lynn's Tanning said.

Many salon owners say they already regulate who can come in and ask for parental consent, even though Nebraska law doesn't require it.
 
"The difference in this bill is it not only implies that we, as professional salons, are acting irresponsibly, but Nebraska parents are unable to parent responsibly," Max Tan owner Michelle Grubbs said.
 
Nordquist has said that he would work with tanning companies to find common ground. The committee took no immediate action on the bill Friday.

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • Political ad sparks controversy

    Political ad sparks controversy

    By: Channel 8 Newsroom8@klkntv.comOMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Democrats are calling for a Republican candidate for governor to pull a televised campaign ad in which he knocks a Barack Obama doll off a fence post while criticizing the president's health care law. The ad, which began airing this week, shows Omaha state Sen. Beau McCoy standing next to the fence post with the bobblehead-like doll atop the fence post. McCoy says the health care law is ``the last thing we need,'' before slapping t...More >>
    By: Channel 8 Newsroom8@klkntv.comOMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Democrats are calling for a Republican candidate for governor to pull a televised campaign ad in which he knocks a Barack Obama doll off a fence post while criticizing the president's health care law. The ad, which began airing this week, shows Omaha state Sen. Beau McCoy standing next to the fence post with the bobblehead-like doll atop the fence post. McCoy says the health care law is ``the last thing we need,'' before slapping t...More >>
  • Norfolk police investigate death of 38-year-old woman

    Norfolk police investigate death of woman

    Norfolk police investigate death of woman

    Law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found in a Norfolk home.More >>
    Law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found in a Norfolk home.More >>
  • Denton church hosts egg hunt for Mission kids

    Denton church hosts egg hunt for Mission kids

    Denton church hosts egg hunt for Mission kids

    More than 20 Mission families participated in egg-cellent activies.More >>
    More than 20 Mission families participated in egg-cellent activies.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.