There is alarming evidence that sunscreens do not protect against long-wave radiation. This penetrates deeply into the skin, and is responsible for lethal malignant melanoma, the fastest rising cancer.
We owe it to everyone, particularly to young women, to make sure that the risks of tanning are clearly communicated and understood and that tanning beds are regulated as tightly as devices with their risk-profile merit.
The President's plan seems to be getting nowhere, and we who already have Medicare can just say "The hell with it." But I think we'd better all give it more thought, and somebody ought to think about a solution rather than shout, "No, no, no."
We have enlisted a group of doctors from around the country to lead the effort to make sure the public is able to make judgments for themselves. Secrecy is not of service to our democracy, transparency is.
I have friends who have "embraced pale" for years. But the opportunity to maintain an alabaster complexion (in my mind, the only look that works if you go sunless in summer) was wasted during a couple of years in school in Miami, Irish freckles emerging for, alas, life.