NEW HYDE PARK - A New Hyde Park mother who lost her daughter to skin cancer is spearheading a bill to ban children under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.
Colette Coyne will travel to Albany next week to tell state lawmakers how skin cancer caused by two severe sunburns killed her 29-year-old daughter, Colette, 13 years ago.
Dr. Russell Cohen, a dermatologist, says the UV radiation emitted from tanning beds can permanently damage the skin's DNA. He believes the use of tanning salons may be the reason melanoma cases have doubled in the past 30 years.
However, Cathy Larock , the manager at Fire and Ice Tanning in New Hyde Park, says the proposed ban won't prevent skin cancer because teens would still be going to the beach.
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, teens between the ages of 14 and 18 need written permission from their parents to tan. In Suffolk, however, a parent must also be present at the salon.