Why Tanning Beds Are Dangerous
Indoor tanning is a $5 billion a year industry (The Skin Cancer Foundation). I have worked in many dermatologists office, and I am amazed at how many of our young patients are obsessed with tanning. As a laser skin specialist, I constantly assess skin and am on the lookout for anything that looks suspicious. People as young as 20 year olds have been diagnosed with skin cancer. These young women are almost always surprised that they could get cancer at such a young age. I commonly hear things like “I only tanned during the summer” or “I was obsessed with tanning for only a few years”. They cannot believe that a few short years of engaging in this dangerous activity could result in skin cancer. When the cancerous lesions are located on the face, it can really affect the person’s self-esteem and confidence.
Ladies, please listen up. Tanning beds are dangerous! People who start using tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by a whopping 75%!!! Please don’t believe the myth that having a “base” tan is better than getting sunburned. Sunburns and tanned skin are all indicators of damaged cells. According to an article in House Call MD, a sunburn means that the skin has been damaged by UV rays. Each time you get burned, you increase your risk of skin cancer. Many think that only the fair skinned people are at risk, but in fact, people who tan easily and are naturally darker skinned are also at risk.