Tanning Beds or Coffins?
According to recent Mayo Clinic Study, cases of melanoma have increased eightfold among women ages 18 to 39 since 1970. Melanoma has become an epidemic among young women and has gone mostly unrecognized publicly. What has caused this sudden rise in skin cancer?
Who does Tanning Beds Effect Most?
Many doctors point to tanning beds as the cause of the rise of melanoma in young women. Indoor tanning was first introduced in the 1920’s but became extremely popular in the late 90’s-early 2000’s. Indoor tanning involved using a device that emits ultraviolet radiation to produce a cosmetic tan. Tanning beds were marketed as a safer way to tan than outdoor tanning and this effort grossly underestimated the affect tanning has on the skin.
Most people who use tanning beds are women, and the numbers are outstanding. Per the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 7.8 million adult women and 1.9 million adult men in the United States tan indoors. Research also shows that more than half of indoor tanners (52.5 percent) started tanning before age 21, while nearly one-third (32.7 percent) started tanning before 18. Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 percent. Many women start tanning before they’re even old enough to understand the consequences; 44.5 percent of women who start tanning before age 16 reported that they did so with a family member. Education is key when it comes to skin cancer prevention.
Luckily, There is an Alternative
To many women, tanning is part of the beauty routine and something they can’t live without. Thankfully advances in technology have made achieving the bronzed look possible without the risk of skin cancer. Sunless tanning’s popularity has been on the rise since the 1960’s after health authorities confirmed links between UV exposure (from sunlight or tanning beds) and skin cancer. Many tanning salons offer spray tans, which gives you the appearance of a suntan without UV exposure. Many drug stores also offer sunless tanning lotion you can apply at home.
Learn From Dana
Regardless if you are trying to achieve the tanned look or not, there is one this we all can agree on: tanning beds are cancerous and should be avoided at all costs. Take it from Dana Conklin, who had been frequently visiting the tanning salon ever since she was a teenager. Little did she know what she’d be diagnosed with at the young age of 26: melanoma. Now she bears a nasty scar on her chest that serves as a constant reminder that she should have taken more care of her body.
If you’ve been deceived by the dangerous assumption that tanning beds are less harmful than outdoor tanning, then skin cancer screening should be on your radar. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection gives you your best chance of survival. Are you at risk? Let MoleSafe’s dedicated staff be the specialists behind all your skin concerns. We work passionately to provide you with preventative diagnostic care to keep your skin safe and healthy. Contact us today and get your FREE consultation