Tanning Is Not Part
of a Healthy Lifestyle
A tan, whether you get it on the beach, in a bed, or through incidental exposure, is bad news, any way you acquire it. Tans are caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps, and if you have one, you’ve sustained skin cell damage.
No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. In fact, people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.
For the real facts about the dangers of tanning and how to get a bronzed glow without risking your health, read the tanning information below or visit our Prevention section.
These findings point to a major public health issue, and this study is one more major piece of research demonstrating the connection between tanning bed use and skin cancer incidence. The Foundation is alarmed to see how widespread the problem is in Western countries, particularly among young people.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed order that, if finalized, would reclassify ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices as moderate risk devices (class II). The proposed order also requires warning labels on the devices and in related promotional material, alerting young people to the dangers associated with their use.
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Despite overwhelming evidence linking UV radiation to skin cancer, exposure to the sun and indoor tanning machines continues to increase.
Young women whose first indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning experience is with their mothers are more than 4.6 times more likely to become heavy tanners.
For those who recognize the dangers of ultraviolet radiation, but still want a golden glow, it pays to become acquainted with today’s much-improved sunless tanners and learn how they differ from UV tanning.
“I know I’ll probably get skin cancer from tanning, but that will be when I’m old, like in my forties.”