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Tanning beds as bad as cigarettes, arsenic
08-19-2009, 05:09 PM,
Tanning beds as bad as cigarettes, arsenic
Quote:Local doctors and dermatologists are celebrating a victory over artificial sun tanning beds last week.

A study released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a department of the World Health Organization, classified tanning beds as "carcinogenic to humans." The report claims that artificial tanning beds will burn your health just as badly as cigarettes, arsenic and mustard gas.

Often used for cosmetic purposes, tanning beds are now classified as definite causes of skin cancer. The risk of melanoma jumps 75 percent when the use of tanning salons starts before age 30, according to WHO. Anyone under 18 should not use a sun bed.

"Melanoma is the most common kind of cancer of women in their 20s," said Leesburg dermatologist, Dr. Roberta Moreland.

Sun tanning beds emit 15 times more UV-A and -B light than natural sunlight, Moreland said. Ultraviolet radiation damages the DNA of skin cells, which can lead to melanoma. UV-B is associated with the noncancerous basil and squamous carcinomas.

Nearly 70 percent of all melanoma cases are in girls and women ages 15 to 29 ?and many of those cases were caused by artificial tanning beds, Moreland said. The number of females in that age group that were diagnosed with melanoma doubled in the past 10 years, Moreland said. The number of male cases in that age group has remained flat.

Tania Holowach, owner of Tandulgence tanning salon in Sterling, calls the report "ridiculous," saying that a suntan is "part of our body's natural design."

"Not one single study exists anywhere in the world implicating tanning in a non-burning fashion as a significant risk factor for permanent skin damage," Holowach said.

She said melanoma most commonly appears on parts of the body that do not receive regular exposure to sunlight and the relationship between sunlight and melanoma is not clear-cut.

Moreland disagrees. "There's no real safe amount of tanning that you can do," she said. She advises tanners to discontinue their use and instead apply sunless tanning lotions.

Tanning bed users who like the way they look with tan skin should consider that not only could tanning cause cancer, but regular sun exposure also increases aging and skin discoloration, Moreland said.

"Looking good comes at a price," Moreland said.

03-29-2010, 04:00 AM,
RE: Tanning beds as bad as cigarettes, arsenic
I recently read about this article about using tanning beds. Actually, I am also using tanning beds but I in the right time. I have something to ask if it is safe to use tanning lotion rather that tanning beds?
03-29-2010, 07:07 AM,
RE: Tanning beds as bad as cigarettes, arsenic
It's more about the 10% tax that will be levied than safety IMO.
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03-29-2010, 08:47 AM,
RE: Tanning beds as bad as cigarettes, arsenic
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