Know the Risks of Indoor Tanning
UV tanning lamps, like those used in indoor tanning beds, increases the risk of skin damage, skin cancer and eye injury, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and numerous other health organizations.
According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma,the deadliest form of skin cancer,accounted for 75,000 cases of skin cancer in 2012. According to the American Academy of Dermatology,
Those doing indoor tanning are 75% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never done so.
Skin Cancer Risk
According to FDA dermatologist Markham Luke, M.D, “There is increasing evidence that tanning in childhood to early adult life increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma,”
A recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics, melanoma is the second most common cancer in women in their 20s and the third most common cancer in men in their 20s in the U.S. Luke adds that many experts believe that at least one cause is the increased use of sunlamp products by U.S. teenagers and young adults.
The Journal of Pediatrics says that UV-A ultraviolet radiation emitted by high pressure tanning units may be up to 10 to 15 times higher than that of the midday sun and that it penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin
FDA’s Says Best to Avoid
- Not protectingyour eyes, failing to wear goggles’this can lead to short- and long-term eye injury.
- Llong exposures (close to the maximum time for the particular sunlamp), can lead to burning. Because sunburn takes 6 to 48 hours to develop, you may not realize your skin is burned until it’s too late.
- Failing to follow manufacturer-recommended exposure times on the label for your skin type (some skin types should not tan with UV radiation at all, for example those with skin that burns easily and doesn’t readily tan).
- Tanning while using certain medications or cosmetics that may make you more sensitive to UV rays. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist first.