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  1. FDA still not seeing the light on indoor tanning risks

    FDA indoor tanning stance leaves teeny-boppers burned

    The crack of the bat. The cheer of the crowd. The smell of hot dogs cooking on the grill.

    It's baseball season everywhere -- and even your local tanning salon is getting in on the action. Swing by any afternoon, and you'll see an army of teenage girls with faces so toasted and leathery by fake baking that they look like old catchers' mitts!

    And these little princesses had better get their yearbook photos taken fast, because they're already living on borrowed time.

    Gals who regularly visit indoor tanning salons aren't just wasting their cash -- they're throwing away their good health. And it's up to you to stop it, because Uncle Sam is proving once again he's not up to the job.

    Faced with mounting evidence that unlike natural outdoor sun exposure indoor tanning boosts your skin cancer risk by a staggering 59% -- and after research proved teens were most at risk -- the FDA has taken the bold and courageous step of now requiring salons to put LABELS on their tanning beds.

    That's the answer we've been waiting for, friend. Not some massive public health campaign -- just discrete labels warning that tanning is dangerous for teens.

    And if you think these million-dollar salons are going to grow a conscience and start turning away the cheerleading team at the door, you may have spent too much time in the sun. Getting into a tanning salon is like getting accepted at a community college -- just flash some cash and you're in.

    About a third of female twelfth graders fake bake, and I hope your daughter or granddaughter isn't one of them. Just because her friends' parents are morons doesn't mean you need to be a moron, too. Send her outside to get some real healthy full-spectrum UV light instead.

    Because there's one word American parents are going to have to learn if we want to keep tanning beds from becoming death beds... if we're serious about saving our girls from a lifetime of radiation and disfiguring surgeries.

    The word is "no." Start practicing it on your teen today, and I promise she'll thank you down the road.

  2. Nail salon lamps linked to cancer

    Manicure salons a nail in your coffin

    Whether they're yanking out their eyebrows by the roots or covering their nether regions with flaming hot wax, ask any gal and she'll tell you the same thing.

    The price of beauty is a little bit of pain.

    And if you're ever hunting for proof, swing by your local nail salon. Women line up around the block to have some "technician" in a surgical mask grind away at their fingers like she's sanding a deck -- all so they can get a set of long, pretty claws that would make an alley cat jealous.

    But I'll tell you what's not pretty -- a black, festering tumor peeking out from underneath that perfect French manicure. And, ladies, they don't make a bubble-gum colored polish thick enough to cover it up.

    Researchers at Georgia Regents University just wrapped up a study concluding that the UV lamps used at nail salons across America ought to come with a coupon for a free chemo drip. In fact, the lamps that are being used to harden and dry nails produce so much radiation, they could damage your DNA after as few as seven visits!

    The salon industry is crying foul -- probably not in English, of course -- claiming that the occasional manicure isn't going to do you harm. And that's right.

    But if you ever meet a gal who only visits a nail salon once a year hold on to her tight... -- she could be saving you THOUSANDS.

    If you've been making a weekly trip to your local nail salon, it's time to stop before the damage adds up. Because beauty may have to hurt, but it doesn't have to kill -- and there's nothing on earth uglier than battling cancer to the death.

  3. Melanoma linked to skin, not sun

    The bright rays of the sun don't cause skin cancer. New research shows the real risk factors are in your skin already -- in the pigments you were born with.
  4. Step into the light for cancer treatment

    Beams of light that can wipe out cancer cells??? That's the kind of talk that once got me dismissed as a loon, not to mention a few other things I can't print here. The latest advance is a technique that involves the use of light-activated antibodies that attach themselves to tumor cells. These antibodies are absolutely harmless -- but once you flip on a skin-penetrating infrared light, it's lights out for the cancer.

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