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Tanning Indoors for Kansas Minors could end

The Kansas Legislature could turn out the lights on tanning beds for minors.

It's due to ongoing pressure from public advocates, and studies showing significant chances of getting skin cancer.

Karin Duggan, manager of the Wild Side salon in Pittsburg says it's become a social norm to tan, especially around this time of the year.

"Most people like to have a little base tan before they get out in the sun," said Duggan.

Wild Side has two tanning booths, which allow up to 12 minutes of bronzing.

Many tanning salons in Kansas have precautions. Wild Side requires customers 16 years of age and younger parents permission - all consumers are required to fill out an client registration forms that ask questions about health issues and protective steps while in the booth.

Kansas state legislators are considering a measure to ban minors from indoor tanning completely.

Tanning salons in the state are required to have a licenses, and post signs alerting consumers to the risk tanning.

Dr.Enoch with the Community Health in Pittsburg tells her patients to stay away from the tanning booths.

"Using a tanning bed increases the risk of developing a skin cancer by 300% even just with occasional use," said Enoch.

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