As the winter months approach, we all want to still be perfectly tan, and it’s possible. But what risk factors are involved in tanning beds?
- Along with melanoma, the use of tanning devices may also contribute to non-melanoma skin cancers.
- Tanners are also more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
- The tanning-bed users had risks higher than those who had previous sun exposure, but had not been under artificial lamps.
Above: Tanning beds harm the skin and cause life long damage.
Most tanning beds release very high and dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation. When the skin absorbs ultraviolet rays, it can have a larger chance of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer, like all other cancers, can lead to death.
The government can not regulate tanning beds, so the public is free to use them as often as they want. The store that owns the tanning beds are the ones who regulate how long the customer may stay in the tanning bed. The longer you stay in the tanning bed, the more ultraviolet rays are absorbed into the skin and the higher the risk of skin cancer.
Above: Sun damage can age the face very quickly. It can cause freckles and sun spots.
To determine if you have aquired sun damage you will begin to find fine and coarse wrinkles. There is a roughness to the skin and a looseness in advanced damage. Often times the skin will become leathery in feel around the neck and face. The skin is usually dry and needs to be often moisturized. Chronic sun damage is very dangerous to the skin and can cause extreme damage that becomes irreversible.
Tanning is a decision that is left up to the person who is or is not tanning. Many people decide to use spray tans or other lotions that would not cause damage to the skin. These products still gives the skin a great looking tan, without the dangers of sun damage.