ST. PAUL - Some Minnesota lawmakers want to combat cancer in teenagers by banning them from tanning beds.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Reps. JoAnn Ward of Woodbury, a retired teacher, and Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center, a nurse, comes after a state Health Department survey showing that up a third of the state's teen girls used tanning beds in the past year. Half went at least 10 times, the report indicated.

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The Tan Free Teens Act is in response to reports of more than 1,000 new cases of melanoma cancer in Minnesota in a year, with 140 deaths.