There is no such thing as a safe tan. One of the most dangerous forms of tanning is indoor tanning. In 2010, the indoor tanning industry's revenue was estimated to be $2.6 billion. So, there's no denying the fact that this type of tanning is very common among men and women today – especially those in the adolescent years.
There is no such thing as a safe tan.
Excerpt from The Melanoma Research Foundation:
"As many as 90% of melanomas are estimated to be caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure. This includes UV exposure from the sun and from artificial sources, such as tanning beds. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies tanning beds and tanning lamps into its highest cancer risk category – carcinogenic to humans, the same category as other hazardous substances such as plutonium and certain types of radium."
"Numerous individual studies, including an analysis of several studies combined (meta-analyses), have consistently shown that indoor tanning increases the risk of developing all forms of skin cancer, including melanoma."
"Thirty-five percent of American adults, 59 percent of college students, and 17 percent of teens have reported using a tanning bed in their lifetime."
There is no such thing as a safe tan. One of the most dangerous forms of tanning is indoor tanning. In 2010, the indoor tanning industry's revenue was estimated to be $2.6 billion. So, there's no denying the fact that this type of tanning is very common amongst men and women today – especially those in their adolescent years.
Did you know every time you tan you increase your risk of developing skin cancer? Here are some quick facts to make you (or someone you know) re-think this deadly obsession:
- Out of the 28 million people who tan indoors, 2.3 million are teens.
- Melanoma rates have increased in the last three decades. About 76,100 US adults will be diagnosed with this type of cancer in 2014. About 9,710 are expected to die from the disease.
- 41 states restrict indoor tanning for minors.
- 58% of adolescent tanning bed users have burns due to constant exposure.
- Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is equivalent to spending one to three hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all.
Stay away from tanning beds this fall and embrace your natural skin!
1. Indoor tanning." American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/indoor-tanning
2. "Skin Cancer Foundation." Skin Cancer Facts. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts
3. "Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors - A State-by-State Comparison." State Tanning Laws and Indoor Tanning Restrictions. http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/indoor-tanning-restrictions.aspx
4. Indoor tanning." American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/indoor-tanning
5. "Tanning and Melanoma Facts" Melanoma Foundation of New England. http://mfne.org/learn-about-melanoma/tanning-and-melanoma-facts