Posts for tag: tanning booths
Melanoma rates among young women and young men have climbed by 800% and 400% respectively in the last 4 decades. It appears that indoor tanning, which is much more popular among young women than young men, may account for the difference in the increase among women and men.
UV rays emitted by tanning beds are known to cause cancer. Indoor tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used a tanning bed.
We are somehow failing to get the message out in such a way that young people are hearing it. I would love to hear from you about your experiences with tanning beds, what your friends think of it, and what you would suggest be done to modify this dangerous behavior.
An October article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology provides molecular evidence that the light emitted by tanning beds cause skin cancer. Cyclobutane thymidine dimers, a DNA mutation, were present in the deep epidermis after a single exposure to UV1 radiation, which is the type emitted by tanning beds.
This also supports the recommendation for truly broad-spectrum sunscreens to prevent skin cancer, since most sunscreens only prevent UVB radiation from damaging DNA.