Tanning Dangers Regarded as Harmless

Numerous warnings have been released to the public about the dangers of tanning, but it is still regarded as harmless by those who tan. No one seems to be listening. A suggestion by a new study predicts that there are at least 30 million people who tan on a regular basis every year. Not surprisingly, 2.3 million teenagers are among the number of those who tan.

Joe Levy is a spokesman with the American Suntanning Association. He represents tanning salon owners across the U.S. and has stated that there has actually been a decline in tanning salon business over the past 10 years. Every salon is equipped with guidelines to inform their customers of the dangers. Getting a tan responsibly is an important factor in these salons.

There is evidence from the CDC that indoor tanning bed use before the age of 35 can increase the risk of cancer by 75 percent. The most common type of cancer associated with those under the age of 30 is melanoma. Teens are at extreme risk as they are starting to tan earlier in life. This activity could become a habit even into their later years. The teens still regard the dangers of tanning as harmless to them.

Some states have decided to introduce legislation to keep minors away from the tanning beds. So far there are a small number of states that have legislation passed that will ban anyone under the age of 18 from going to a salon to tan. Nevada, Illinois, Texas, Vermont and California are among the states with a ban currently in place. There are states that have restrictions on minors who want to tan. Some places require a parent’s permission. Kansas is next in line to have a ban put in place.

There has been a huge rise in skin cancer. The director of the Melanoma Research Foundation, Timothy Turnham, has said that the rise in skin cancer over the decades is being seen mostly with young women. He has said that getting a tan indoors should be reduced. Banning minors, proving the salons are not harmless, and adding more education regarding the dangers and risks of using the tanning beds should be in put into place.

Tanning beds are estimated to have caused 388,079 cases of the skin cancer every year. In comparison, there are about 200,000 cases of lung cancer every year. Even though lung cancer will kill more people every year, the agony of melanoma is still a serious issue that can not be swept aside.

Why would anyone continue with tanning? The answers are simple. Vanity is one reason. Another reason could be for the relaxation. After a tanning session, a person is refreshed and rejuvenated. They look and feel as though they have just come back from vacation.

There are other options available in some tanning salons. Spray on tans and self-tanning lotions come in various hues. There are also bronzers that can be used in conjunction with the sprays and lotions. In some cases, these work better and faster than the tanning booth would. The results do not last as long, but they are considered to be the safer options.

Teenagers and some adults are taking the warnings in stride. They are hearing about the dangers of tanning but regarding them all as harmless. The melanoma effects may not be apparent immediately, it could take years. Meanwhile, the tanning salons continue to see women and teens who believe they are immune from this harmful skin cancer known as melanoma.

By Saki Kahala


Local 12

2 Responses to "Tanning Dangers Regarded as Harmless"

  1. Brad   January 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Better yet, just stay your natural color. What a novel idea! Only an idiot would waste hours of their time and their money for a 75% increased risk of cancer. And most of us just laugh at people who do tan (John Boehner, etc.) because they look so weird.

  2. Kelli Clem   January 30, 2014 at 6:19 am

    For those that are going to tan no matter what is proven, they can supplement and be in a bed or the sun much less by taking a natural supplement that produces melanin in the skin. Tanamins is the name. I’d be really curious to know if this works. Might be something you should research. Less exposure is better than overexposure…if your really want to help the public give them another option they may be able to swallow (pun intended).

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