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Indoor Tanning Is The Cause Of 170,000 Skin Cancers Each Year

For the nearly 30 million people indoor tanning in the United States each year, a study has bad news to bring. Indoor tanning has been confirmed as the cause of 170,000 skin cancers each year. So, more than one million Americans indoor tanning each day should think twice when the selling pitch reads a tanning bed is beneficial to their health.

Just think about it for a second: how exactly healthy and safe could indoor tanning be when your skin is bombarded with high quantities of UV-A and UV-B rays? Indoor tanning gets you that precious sun color on your skin in only a few minutes, but have you ever asked yourself if that’s healthy? A new study confirms that indoor tanning is linked to skin cancer. More exactly some 170,000 skin cancers each year are caused by indoor tanning alone!

The Centers for Disease and Control has indoor tanning linked to skin cancer and eye cancer risk. Whereas out of the nearly 30 million Americans using tanning beds and sun lamps, 2.3 million are teenagers. Four in five tanning salons tell their clients indoor tanning is healthier than tanning in the sun and promote it as a safe way to get vitamin D. These are myths that a recent study had them totally debunked.

“Not only do tanning beds cause melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, but our study shows they also contribute to the most common cancer, basal and squamous cell skin cancer” reads a statement by lead researcher Dr. Eleni Linos. “We could prevent hundreds of thousands of cancers each year by avoiding tanning beds” the assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, added.

The study that confirms indoor tanning is linked to skin cancer is an in-depth analysis of 12 studies on almost 81,000 people. After reviewing the numbers, researchers found that indoor tanning is responsible for some 170,000 skin cancers a year, including both basal and squamous cell carcinomas.

“With this study, we finally have strong evidence that tanning beds contribute to all types of skin cancer including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma” said Dr. Eleni Linos. And younger people are the most vulnerable. “This means there is a clear cancer risk for teenagers who use tanning beds, and it’s hard to argue with regulations to protect children from cancer” the researcher added.

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  1. Actually, a tan is nature’s way of protecting the body from sunburn. IT IS NATURAL. If you are able to get a base tan, you should not burn, DECREASING your risk for skin cancer, and INCREASING your Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D being essential in fighting or preventing various diseases and illnesses. The propaganda being put out would suggest we all hide from the sun, an important part of LIFE. Common sense would say that moderation would be the best road to take when it comes to UV light. Guess what tanning salons do? They offer UV in a controlled atmosphere. Take it from someone that has been severely deficient in Vitamin D. Speaking from my own experience I am disappointed at how the value of tanning is just written off in the media. I had my vitamin D levels tested last year and my level was at an 11 ng/ml (dangerously low) My doctor prescribed pills…. That is what doctors do. I couldn’t take them at the same time as my other medication for my thyroid so I consistently forgot to take the prescribed 50k IU per week. I started doing research on Vitamin D and found I could get it from nature (sunlight). No wonder I was deficient. I am fair skinned and could not be in the sun for more than 10 minutes without burning. What to do? More research. I decided to try a more controlled environment, tanning salons. I started out VERY conservatively at the advice of the trained salon technician who gave me a survey type test to determine my skin type (I learned I am a fair skin type 2, had I been a skin type 1 I would have been turned away) I tanned for 2 minutes every other day. Working closely with the staff at the salon, I slowly brought up my time in 1 minute increments, I felt they were very knowledgeable and had my best interest in mind. I was able to develop a base tan, more importantly, I brought up my vitamin D level to a 75 ng/ml in just a few months. I also have had the unexpected but very welcome benefit of being able to spend time outdoors this last summer without ever getting a burn. The key here is to control the UV rays to avoid burning.

    The authors acknowledge study limitations, such as tanning beds changing over the years from predominantly high output of UVB rays to UVA output, but they point out both types of radiation can cause significant skin damage.

    The key here is “study limitations” it makes me wonder where their statistics are coming from. Are they current? Are they over the course of a decade? Several decades? It really isn’t clear.
    What portion of this report on increased skin cancer is a result from people with home tanning beds, using them without the trained staff on the proper and safest way to use them? How many were a result of Dermatologists using them to treat skin conditions in their own offices? This article doesn’t quite tell the entire story. This just states “indoor tanning” to lead the reader to believe it is entirely one industry contributing to the statistics. There are many sources of indoor tanning be it home units, salons, or dermatologist offices. If they are so dangerous as the claim of this article, then why would they be used to treat cosmetic skin conditions such as Psoriasis?

    As I said before, moderation is the key here. Something salons take far more seriously than what they are credited for. Too many people jump on the bandwagon of how indoor tanning is dangerous without knowing the benefits.

    “UV exposure, whether from the sun or a sunbed, has many benefits,” John Overstreet, executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association, said to USA Today. He cites research showing indoor tanning provides vitamin D which has been tied to protective health benefits. “As with most human activities, there are also risks. It seems the risks continue to grab the headlines in the media, while the benefits remain unnoticed and unpromoted,” said Overstreet.

    It is time to change that. People need to know there are benefits. My story is one of them. So many articles like to lead people to believe that tanning is pure evil and dangerous, it is not, if you do it the right way. I’m proof of that.

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