If you haven’t gone indoor tanning before, odds are you know several people who have. It’s common for people to go tanning regularly, or least each year before summer hits or during the winter before a vacation. Perhaps you want some color so you aren’t pasty white once summer hits. Or you may desire a base tan before you hit a tropical locale. Regardless of the reason for tanning, the dangers are very serious and very real. Indoor tanning might be trendy, but people pay a hefty price for baking in indoor tanning beds. Whether you luck out with only premature wrinkling or become one of many who develop skin cancer, the risks are simply not worth it. So before you make your next appointment, take heed to these eight need-to-know facts about indoor tanning…
1. Increased Risk of Skin Cancer
The scariest result of indoor tanning is that it can cause skin cancer in three types—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Not all of these cancers are deadly, but each one has damaging effects on the body. Plus, all three have been directly connected to indoor tanning. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the use of tanning beds is linked to more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer each year in the U.S. And if you consider smoking bad for your health, the Foundation also states that more people develop skin cancer from tanning than they do lung cancer from smoking.
Each indoor tanning session increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Melanoma is the most dangerous and deadly form of skin cancer, but also the most rare of the three cancers from tanning. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and can be very disfiguring—it develops in the form of a growth or lesion and will grow if left untreated. Regardless of the type of skin cancer, indoor tanning is a huge health risk that can easily be avoided.