Indoor Tanning Causes Skin Cancer, Women at Greater Risk

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If you are one of the 28 million people in the U.S who use Indoor Tanning, as according to the Indoor Tanning Association, prepare to get rid of the practice altogether as new study shows that indoor tanning is highly risky and indoor tanners are more likely – by a whopping 70% — to develop skin cancer even before they turn 40 years old. This type of skin cancer won’t kill but can disfigure you completely.

Basal Cell Carcinoma –as this type of skin cancer is called – appears as open sores, red patches and shiny outgrowths on the surface of the skin. Many studies have already proven the disastrous effects on Indoor tanning.

A Yale Study of Skin Health in Young People involved research with 750 people aged under 40 where over 69% percent were women. Basal Skin cancer seems to be more prevalent in 70% of people who used Indoor Tanning. While the reasons as to why women in particular are more susceptible to this cancer is still unknown, but it’s a fact that over 43% of basal cell skin cancers occur to people below 40 years of age.

Some of the other factors attributed to the cancer occurrence have been a likely history of more than one skin cancer earlier, sunburns, high-pressure or high-intensity tanning beds, and genetics.

Now, 69% possibility of contracting cancer is hard for anyone to resist. Salon owners, individuals, and tanning addicts will have to take a hard note at the fact that tanning skin might just not be worth the risk, after all. Efforts have been underway sporadically in a few states in the U.S at least. For instance, California bans indoor tanning for anyone below 18 years of age.

The Basal Cell Carcinoma is not just a risk by itself. It’s the window for other skin cancers to develop. John Overstreet – the executive director for the Indoor Tanning Association – recommends that getting sunburnt is a no-no, as everyone would agree. Doing anything in moderation shouldn’t cause problems. Yet, experts, dermatologists, and many others just opine that banning tanning booths altogether is the best option there is.





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