Tanning Beds, good idea or bad? Bad!
We support a ban on indoor tanning.
Tanning increases your risk for cancer.
Developing a tan in a lesser amount of time with indoor tanning, versus actual sun exposure, gives people a false sense of safety. When, in fact, it is just as harmful. Tanning bed lights can have a higher intensity of UV ray exposure, which is why you may be able to tan quicker.
Despite increased public awareness of the link between skin cancer and UV rays from both the sun and indoor tanning, relatively few tanners have converted to non-UV options such as tanning creams and lotions.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization, UV radiation from the sun AND from artificial sources, such as tanning beds, are known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). Studies have shown that the radiation from indoor tanning is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Indoor tanning can also cause burns to the skin, and there are an estimated 3,000 emergency room cases a year due to indoor tanning bed and lamp exposure. At Advanced Dermatology Associates, LTD, we feel that there is no such thing as a "safe tan," and we support a ban on indoor tanning.
For more information, please visit the Skin Cancer Foundation: