Rec­og­nized

Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety hon­ors Ack­er­man for law that pro­hibits mi­nors from us­ing in­door tan­ning beds

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Rep. Mia A. Ack­er­man (D-Dist. 45, Cum­ber­land, Lin­coln) was hon­ored by the Rhode Is­land branch of the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety for her ac­tivism.

PROV­I­DENCE — The Rhode Is­land branch of the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety rec­og­nized Rep. Mia A. Ack­er­man (D-Dist. 45, Cum­ber­land, Lin­coln) for her ef­forts in spon­sor­ing a law that now pro­hibits the use of in­door tan­ning beds for any­one un­der the age of 18.

The ci­ta­tion was pre­sented dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual re­search break­fast at the Roger Wil­liams Park Casino on Nov. 30.

“I’d like to thank the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety for rec­og­niz­ing my ef­forts to ban mi­nors from us­ing tan­ning beds,” said Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ack­er­man. “We don’t al­low kids to use these tan­ning de­vices for the same rea­sons we don’t al­low them to smoke – it causes can­cer. When some­thing is le­gal, it makes it very easy for peo­ple – par­tic­u­larly chil­dren – to ig­nore the health risks as­so­ci­ated with it. In this case, the risks of melanoma are in­creased by 59 per­cent, squa­mous cell car­ci­noma by 67 per­cent, and basal cell car­ci­noma by 29 per­cent. We sim­ply shouldn’t be risk­ing the lives of our teenagers just so they can look good on prom night.”

Robert Dul­ski, di­rec­tor of gov­ern­ment re­la­tions for Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Can­cer Ac­tion Net­work in Rhode Is­land praised Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ack­er­man, say­ing, “Kids and tan­ning de­vices don’t mix. One of the most avoid­able risk fac­tors for skin can­cer is ex­po­sure to ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion through the use of in­door tan­ning de­vices. We would like to es­pe­cially thank Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mia Ack­er­man, Se­na­tor Maryellen Good­win and Se­nate and House lead­er­ship for their out­stand­ing ef­forts in sup­port­ing this im­por­tant leg­is­la­tion on be­half of the chil­dren of Rhode Is­land.”

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer has found that the use of tan­ning beds be­fore age 30 is as­so­ci­ated with a 75-per­cent in­creased life­time risk of melanoma.

Sub­mit­ted photo

For­mer Lt. Gov. Bernard Jack­vony, right, chair­man of the an­nual re­search break­fast of the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety Can­cer Ac­tion Net­work in Rhode Is­land, presents a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Rep. Mia A. Ack­er­man for her ef­forts in spon­sor­ing a law that bans tan­ning beds for mi­nors. At left is Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Whip Maryellen Good­win (D-Dist. 1, Prov­i­dence), who spon­sored the leg­is­la­tion in the Se­nate.

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